The German Bundeswehr received a new MK 556 assault rifle, which will replace the HK G36 in the army. Reported by the German military resource Soldat & Technic.
According to the report, the German firm CG Haenel won a tender from the German Ministry of Defense for the supply of a new assault rifle and the military department has already signed a contract for the supply of 120 Maschinenkarabiner 000 rifles (automatic carbine of 556 mm caliber.). Deliveries are expected to start in October-November this year. The contract value was 5,56 million euros.
The rivals of MK556 in the final of the tender were HK416 and HK433 from Heckler & Koch
The CG Haenel company is known for the fact that during the Second World War its co-owner, designer Hugo Schmeiser, created the world's first serial machine gun for an intermediate cartridge, the famous StG44 "Sturmgever". The company is currently owned by Caracal International LLC from Abu Dhabi.
The new MK 556 rifle is a clone of the American AR15 / M16 rifle with a modified gas engine. It is equipped with barrels of different lengths - from 266 to 408 mm and has a mass from 3,3 to 3,6 kg, respectively. The 5,56x45 mm NATO cartridge is used as ammunition, the magazines are compatible with M16 rifles and M4 carbines and hold 30 rounds.
Previously named by military experts as a favorite, the HK416 rifle from Heckler & Koch, which is, in fact, the same clone of the American AR15, lost because of its high cost.