French legionnaire using an FR-F2 in Afghanistan.
French Army Private First Class Yannick Chevalier, armed with a French sniping rifle, stands guard atop the Terme Hotel at the Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps Headquarters located in the Sarajevo suburb of Ilidza, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Senegalese sniper with FR-F2 during Flintlock 2013.
France’s Army has officially kicked off the search for a replacement for its FR-F2 bolt-action sniper rifle.
According to Jane’s 360, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the government agency responsible for procuring weapons for the French military, issued a tender on Aug. 18 that called for 2,600 new rifles which have officially been designated the Fusil de Précision Semi-Automatique, or FPSA.
The tender also stipulates that interested parties deliver 2,800 night sights—which includes 1,800 image intensifiers and 1,000 thermal sights— as well as some 6.3 million rounds of 7.62×51mm NATO ammunition, to be split between precision and perforating ammunition. In addition, all necessary maintenance and training equipment, spares and technical information should be included.
Jane’s speculates that Heckler & Koch are in the running to get the contract. This makes sense, given that the HK416 F is now the standard rifle of the French Armed Forces, and the HK417 has been used by “certain frontline” French Army units in place of the FR-F2, Jane’s says.
Manufacturers have until Oct. 5, 2018 to submit a proposal on the FPSA.
The FR-F2 has been used by the French Army since 1986. That rifle was itself an upgraded version of the FR-F1 made by state-owned MAS, or Manufacture d’armes de Saint-Étienne. Via Sniper Central, see a quick rundown of the specs for each. Below, you can also check a video taking you through the history of each rifle.
France FR-F1 & FR-F2 Specs
|Caliber||7.5x54mm||308 Win (7.62x51mm NATO)|
|Barrel||23.60″ (600 mm)||25.57″ (650 mm)|
|OA Length||44.77″ (1138 mm)||47.21″ (1200 mm)|
|Weight||12.44 lbs (5.65 kg) Loaded||12.75 lbs. (5.80 kg) Loaded|
|Twist||FR-F1 : 1:11.8″ RH, 4 Grooves||1:11.6″ RH, 3 Grooves|
|Sights||3.8x Power APX scope||6X Power scope|
|Trigger||4.4 – 4.8 lbs||4.4 – 4.8 lbs|
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