G36 - Too Broken To Fix?
Posted 09 February 2018 - 1225 PM
To get back to the selection and procurement process of the G36 successor:
SIG-Sauer withdraws from the competition, becaue the BAAINBw requires that any technology submitted not be under export control restrictions. which means ITAR killed it for SIG-Sauer, because the MCX series has been designed mostly in the USA. BMVg does not comment on the press statements of private enterprises.
RUMINT has it that the MCX has problems with the presentation of projectiles ("Geschoßvorlagefähigkeit"), too, which is also a core demand by BAAINBw for the new rifle. So ITAR may be a cheap excuse.
So that basically leaves the Rheinmetall-Steyr RS556, HK416 and HK433 in the race. If others have submitted their bids like FN or Beretta or CZ UB or FB Radom is unknown so far. Well maybe they just did not bother. It looks very much like a slam dunk for the HK433, because RS556 and HK416 are both heavier than the target weight requirement.
Rheinmetall/Steyr have now also withdrawn from the competition. This leaves HK as the only German contender, though there might still be others.
Posted 10 February 2018 - 0525 AM
Meanwhile in Latvia:
Latvia orders infantry small arms
Bruce Jones, London - Jane's Defence Weekly
06 February 2018
Latvia is to be supplied with a full range of small arms over the next seven years, German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) announced on 2 February.
The Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) signed a EUR13 million (USD16 million) contract for the purchase of G36 5.56 mm assault rifles for use by themselves, the Zemessardze (National Guard), and border guard service.
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