German Kommandos Select HK416 to Replace G36

German Kommandos Select HK416 to Replace G36

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German Kommandos Select HK416 to Replace G36

The German military’s special forces have selected the Heckler & Koch HK416A7 to replace the G36. Both the Kommando Spezialkräfte and Kommando Spezialkräfte Marine are likely to be issued the new rifle. The 1,745 HK416A7 have been ordered and will be designated the G95 in German service. Delivery of the new rifles is expected by January 2019.

The new HK416A7 (Bundeswehr)

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), issued a statement officially announcing the selection on 11 October, translated [courtesy of google translate] below:

New Assault Rifle for the Special Forces

On 10th October, the Bundesamt for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the German Armed Forces ordered Heckler & Koch from Oberndorf to deliver 1,745 HK 416 A7 weapons and accessories.

The Bundeswehr designation is expected to be gun G95. It is a gas pressure charger in the caliber 5.56 mm x 45 NATO. The gun has a weight of 3690 g and a tube [barrel] length of 14.5 “. The gun G95 is to become the new standard gun of the special forces command and the special forces command of the navy and is expected to be delivered to the troops from January 2019 onwards. As early as November 2017, the technical testing at the Technical Service Center 91 as well as the tactical testing by the special forces will begin.

The statement does not confirm how much the contract for the G95’s is worth or what the accompanying accessories which have also been ordered are.

The news of the HK416A7 adoption for Special Forces comes as the German regular army (Bundeswehr) continue to evaluate new 5.56x45mm rifles to replace the G36 after problems with thermal displacement and wandering accuracy were reported back in 2015. In September it emerged that the Rheinmetall RS556, Heckler & Koch HK433, Haenel Defence MK556, SIG MCX, and FNH SCAR are in the running to replace the G36, with the first rifles expected to enter service in 2020. Whether the KSK and KSM’s selection of the G95 will impact on the Bundeswehr’s decision remains to be seen.

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October 11, 2017 at 10:24PM

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