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The Bundeswehr re-equipped with a new assault rifle

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The Bundeswehr re-equipped with a new assault rifle

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.

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CG Haenel GmbH
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  1. Trevis
    Trevis 16 September 2020 16: 18
    +5
    Must have a good rifle.
    1. Bongo
      Bongo 16 September 2020 16: 23
      +2
      Quote: Trevis
      Must have a good rifle.

      At least not worse than the M4A1 carbine.
      1. military_cat
        military_cat 16 September 2020 16: 29
        +7
        It is surprising that even though it is modernized, but still created back in 1956, the "arch" continues not only to remain competitive, but to furnish newer designs in competitions, fighting in the final with itself, only from different manufacturers.
      2. figwam
        figwam 16 September 2020 16: 43
        +1
        The new MK 556 rifle is a clone of the American AR15 / M16 rifle with a modified gas engine.

        A shameful fact for the Germans, they never created their own rifle.
        1. Hog
          Hog 16 September 2020 17: 53
          +2
          A shameful fact for the Germans, they never created their own rifle.

          Um, what about the StG-44?
          1. figwam
            figwam 16 September 2020 18: 50
            +2
            Quote: Hog
            Um, what about the StG-44

            I'm talking about our time, not about the Second World War.
            1. Hog
              Hog 16 September 2020 21: 21
              0
              Quote: figvam
              The new MK 556 rifle is a clone of the American AR15 / M16 rifle with a modified gas engine.

              A shameful fact for the Germans, they never created their own rifle.

              And where is the timeline here?
              Quote: figvam
              Quote: Hog
              Um, what about the StG-44

              I'm talking about our time, not about the Second World War.

              People of thought have not yet learned to read.
              1. figwam
                figwam 17 September 2020 06: 35
                +1
                Quote: Hog
                And where is the timeline here?

                Have you read the title of the article?
                "The Bundeswehr re-equipped with a new assault rifle"

                Germany adopted a clone of the American rifle, because its own turned out to be a nutty one. Is it really necessary to explain everything on the fingers?
    2. GTYCBJYTH2021
      GTYCBJYTH2021 16 September 2020 16: 31
      +2
      Quote: Trevis
      Must have a good rifle.

      Must be ..... The gas engine intrigued me here. Not in the know why it is there and where it is mounted? hi
      1. bistrov.
        bistrov. 16 September 2020 17: 32
        0
        Quote: GTYCBJYTH2021
        The gas engine intrigued me here. Not in the know why it is there and where it is mounted?

        Are you serious? Well, you have "jokes", hehe ...
        1. GTYCBJYTH2021
          GTYCBJYTH2021 16 September 2020 17: 51
          -1
          Are you serious? Well, you have "jokes", hehe ... [/ quote]
          And in fact there is something to say or only he-heck remains?
          1. bistrov.
            bistrov. 16 September 2020 18: 07
            0
            Quote: GTYCBJYTH2021
            But in fact there is something to say

            Don't you seriously know what a "gas engine" is? Did you serve in the army? Have you dismantled the Kalashnikov assault rifle? How does the recharge work? With the help of a gas outlet, this is the "gas engine".
      2. Split
        Split 16 September 2020 20: 38
        -1
        ON gas for lighters works, the piston is there from above closer to the muzzle lol
        Quote: GTYCBJYTH2021
        .The gas engine intrigued me here. Not in the know why it is there and where it is mounted?
        good
      3. The comment was deleted.
      4. Tamer
        Tamer 17 September 2020 12: 08
        0
        The difference between the classic M-systems DI and the "modified gas engine" Piston (gas piston)
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsMzuKw7zzM
        one of the options
    3. Maz
      Maz 16 September 2020 16: 52
      +2
      Better expensive but reliable, versatile and proven HK416. It's better for us, let them take cheap stuff. blackwater only wanders with such
  2. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 16 September 2020 16: 21
    +9
    Last year, when I said that the Bundes was unhappy with the G-36 (I read about the announcement of a competition for a replacement), I was bombarded with rotten phrases and slippers. What will the G-36 singers say now? "Is that another thing to understand?"
    1. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 16 September 2020 16: 32
      +6
      Quote: Stroibat stock
      Last year, when I said that the Bundes was not happy with the G-36 (I read about the announcement of a competition for a replacement), I was showered with rotten phrases and slippers.

      Figasse ... that is, the fact of the Bundeswehr trial with H & K about the epic jamb on the G36 was not enough for the praises of this rifle? smile
      True, the Bundeswehr was still exposed as guilty:
      - no requirements in terms of long-term shooting in the original TK,
      - no changes in the TK and continued acceptance of rifles even after the receipt of claims from the troops.
      What they wrote down in the TK - exactly what they got. No more, no less. smile
    2. Kurare
      Kurare 16 September 2020 17: 28
      0
      Quote: Stroibat stock
      Last year when I said that the Bundes were not happy with the G-36

      hi The Bundeswehr is unhappy with the G36 - this is a media story, as it was brought up. In fact, politicians were unhappy, and above all, Defense Minister von der Leyen. The soldiers did not present any pretensions to arms. Germany supplied G36 to the Peshmergam in the north. Iraq, they are happy as elephants and too, no complaints. When the investigation began, von der Leyen was unable to provide any hard evidence. A scandal even broke out, which was quickly hushed up with the transfer of Madame to a new position in the European Commission.

      Evil tongues say that it was necessary to merge H&K and tarnish their reputation. Where the legs grow from, I think it's easy to guess.
      1. Passing
        Passing 16 September 2020 19: 55
        0
        The most ardent critic of the German MoD in the person of von der Leyen in the G36 case is ... the Green Party. Madame did not hold weapons in her hands against the same ecologists infinitely far from military affairs. You can imagine the competence and balance of the decisions made following the results of this parliamentary show.
        What von der Leyen clearly demonstrated by stating that the G36, inadequate to the challenges, will be replaced with the next generation weapon ... which suddenly turned out to be MK556, which is a doped clone of the ancient AR15 ... well, the insanity is growing stronger. It is impossible, it is impossible to launch humanitarians into the patrimony of the Ministry of Defense, where half of the issues are tied to technical nuances, in which politicians understand like pigs in oranges.
        1. Split
          Split 16 September 2020 20: 41
          +2
          Quote: Passing by
          It is impossible, it is impossible to launch humanitarians into the patrimony of the MO

          I can feel it and we'll get to Rogozin in this thread
  3. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 16 September 2020 16: 21
    0
    Suddenly. I thought that NK 416 was out of competition ...
    1. Reserve buildbat
      Reserve buildbat 16 September 2020 16: 23
      +3
      Is it unexpected that the Germans also count money? laughing
      1. nnm
        nnm 16 September 2020 16: 32
        0
        Taking into account the fact that for years they have been supplying low-quality cartridges - those who are still lovers to save money
    2. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 16 September 2020 16: 46
      +5
      With the HK416, it's generally funny. It was ordered from the Germans
      Americans to replace the M4. But to be similar to the M4.
      The Germans honestly improved everything: they removed the misfires, leaving accuracy.
      And the Americans - bam! - decided to replace the cartridge, and generally replace everything.
      Ride Koch belay
      1. Alex_You
        Alex_You 16 September 2020 16: 57
        +1
        Well, they gave it a ride. Of course, HC broke off with a contact for rearmament, but the carbine is popular. They really did a ride with the XM8, although for how many years they have all been trying to find a replacement for the M16 / M4.
  4. Magic archer
    Magic archer 16 September 2020 16: 25
    +1
    Yes, the last one was not in service for a long time ...
  5. nnm
    nnm 16 September 2020 16: 30
    +1
    I wonder if the store with the M16 was unified in the end?
    1. figwam
      figwam 16 September 2020 16: 40
      0
      Quote: nnm
      I wonder if the store with the M16 was unified in the end?

      I guess it's yes
      The 5,56x45 mm NATO cartridge is used as ammunition, the magazines are compatible with M16 rifles and M4 carbines and hold 30 rounds.
    2. Alexander Drobyshev
      Alexander Drobyshev 16 September 2020 23: 19
      +3
      Good day. NATO had the STANAG 4179 standard, a project proposed in 1980 to standardize 20 and 30 cartridge magazines from the M16A1 for all assault rifles used by NATO members, and thus also standardized the dimensions of the receiving chamber for magazines chambered for 5,56 × 45. mm NATO. However, this STANAG project was never adopted, mainly due to the interest of Germany and France in shops for their projects of the G11 and FAMAS rifles, although later these countries switched to stores from the M16 (HK416 and FAMAS G2). As a result, there is no official STANAG 4179 associated with these stores: it's just a convenient term used to distinguish army stores from commercial ones. For example, the Magpul P-MAG 30 Gen M2 polymer magazine, corresponding to STANAG 4179 and working normally with М16 / М4, did not fit the SA-80, HK-416, FNC rifles, etc., they had to develop the E-MAG 30 model, and after its revision, under the designation Magpul P-MAG 30 Gen M3, it was adopted to supply the USMC for the M27 IAR and M4.
  6. Proxodnoi
    Proxodnoi 16 September 2020 16: 36
    +2
    Outwardly, the rifle is beautiful, purely in parades, etc. .. But how will he behave in battle?
    While the Kalashnik is the most widespread in the world, who better and easier will come up with take off my hat hi
  7. Stas1973
    Stas1973 16 September 2020 16: 56
    -2
    I really don't understand. The lobby is arched there, or what? Or does religion not allow? The G36 is heaven and earth compared to the M16 cut.
  8. yfast
    yfast 16 September 2020 19: 14
    0
    And what can you hit here?
    1. Doliva63
      Doliva63 16 September 2020 20: 01
      0
      Quote: yfast
      And what can you hit here?

      Only with your head if wearing a helmet laughing
  9. Engineer
    Engineer 16 September 2020 20: 36
    0
    Heckler-Koch forgot how to make weapons?
    Were the same as on selection, starting from XM8
    What is going on?
  10. John22
    John22 16 September 2020 21: 49
    0
    Even in appearance, the MK 556 and NK 416 rifles are equivalent, tk. made on the same basis. Their gas engine is also the same, and, apparently, the performance characteristics are also very close. We chose the Henel rifle only because of the lower price. I wonder how much? Has the NK firm raised the price so much that they lost the order? Moreover: - against the background of the tendency to increase the caliber of rifles from 5,56 to 6,8 mm, was it worth it to rush into adopting the old cartridge?
    1. VladGX
      VladGX 17 September 2020 09: 33
      0
      They even have the same designer, Robert Hirt, who was previously involved in the development of the 416 H & K model, then worked at ZigSauer, and then moved to Hanel
  11. Radikal
    Radikal 17 September 2020 00: 07
    +1
    Quote: Maz
    Better expensive but reliable, versatile and proven HK416. It's better for us, let them take cheap stuff. blackwater only wanders with such

    The video editing is obvious, the rifle seems to have had a delay in firing a burst shot after being pulled out of the water. recourse
  12. Nikolay Dyaglev
    Nikolay Dyaglev 17 September 2020 00: 47
    0
    And what did the G36 not please?
    Or so, there is nowhere to put money?
  13. madrobot
    madrobot 17 September 2020 09: 50
    0
    The Heckler-Koch management is definitely screwing up somewhere. Looks like the tail was pulled up on the wrong person. According to the description and appearance, the MK 556 is 100% HK 416. Anyway ... HK since the mid-50s was the only supplier of rifles for the Bundeswehr. And this is even if you do not even remember about the MP5 PP, which the police and the MTR are armed with, the devil knows how many countries in the world.
  14. Wolf
    Wolf 17 September 2020 11: 10
    0
    HC has the disadvantage that it overheats and then accuracy suffers. The Germans were always syriatic about the arming of the army, and it was never a question of value and cost, a question of the availability of weapons.
    1. Wolf
      Wolf 17 September 2020 11: 20
      0
      But apart from weapons, all German cars are not affected by the hot climate, they have always had problems with water cooling. wink They did not have time to solve the problem of overheating and cooling of the device until the beginning of the 21st century, I don’t know, they did it in recent years, but the first thing to test is how the new machine behaves when 2-3 magatsins are fired quickly in a hot climate. smile
      Exclusively for fans of German engineering ideas. smile
  15. Catfish
    Catfish 17 September 2020 20: 14
    +1
    Symbiosis of Arka and Kalash? Take the best, discard the unnecessary and create something of our own?
    1. Alexander Drobyshev
      Alexander Drobyshev 18 September 2020 00: 27
      +1
      Good day. No, the Swiss SIG SG 15 series of rifles is closest to the symbiosis of the AR-550 (ergonomics) and AK (reliability)
      in particular the new modular SIG 556xi
  16. Chever
    Chever 18 September 2020 13: 13
    0
    Well, probably now G36 will be merged with all kinds of "bananas and pineapples" :)))