FNH-USA announced that it is increasing production of the MK17 SCAR-H (7.62), MK16 SCAR-L (5.56) and the MK13 grenade launcher, for orders placed by USASOCOM.
Well we heard that SOCOM scrapped the MK16 plans, and this release from FNH-USA via military.com leads me to believe that they’re concentrating on the MK17 for its modular options:
The heart of the FN SCAR system consists of two highly adaptable modular rifle platforms and a grenade launcher. Type-designated as the MK 16 and the MK 17, both rifles are available with three different barrel lengths optimized for conducting operations in close-quarters combat, standard infantry and longer-range precision fire roles. All SCAR barrels are tightly attached to a monolithic receiver and can be easily interchanged by the operator in minutes to instantly meet virtually any mission requirement.
The MK 17 (7.62mm) is also the base of the SCAR common receiver currently under final test and evaluation by USSOCOM. The SCAR common receiver can accommodate multi-caliber conversion kits.