Heckler & Koch has been awarded a contract to supply German Special Forces with a new rifle.
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The press release from Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology of the German Armed Forces) says HK will provide the German Special Commando Forces (KSK) and the German Naval Special Commando Forces with its newly developed HK416 A7 rifle. The plan right now is to roll it out to Special Forces starting in early 2019. Testing is slated to begin next month.
The HK416 A7 will replace the HK G36 K as the standard weapon for German Special Forces. The new model—which will be designated the G95—is chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO and features a 14.5-inch barrel. It weighs in at around 3.7 kg, or 8.1 pounds and is touted in HK’s own press release as being impressive for its “high precision, secure function and reliability.”
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The contract—the total amount for which isn’t listed, but is rumored to be around $11.6 million—calls for the delivery of 1,745 rifles and accompanying accessories.
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