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The Bundeswehr was left without a new assault rifle: the contract for MK556 from Haenel was withdrawn

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The Bundeswehr was left without a new assault rifle: the contract for MK556 from Haenel was withdrawn

The Bundeswehr was left without a new MK556 assault rifle, previously selected during the tender of the German Ministry of Defense. According to German media outlets, the military department has withdrawn an already concluded contract for a CG Haenel assault rifle from Suhl in Thuringia.


The German Ministry of Defense on Friday withdrew the contract for the supply of 120 thousand new assault rifles Maschinenkarabiner 556 (automatic carbine of 5,56 mm caliber) to the Bundeswehr. The reason for this was a complaint by Haenel's competitor in the tender for a machine gun for the Bundeswehr - Heckler and Koch.

As explained in the military department, CG Haenel may have violated patent rights, so the victory in the tender is canceled and the contract is revoked. Now it becomes completely unclear when the German army will begin rearmament, and which machine gun will eventually receive.


In mid-September of this year, the German military resource Soldat & Technic reported that the German company CG Haenel had won the competition from the German Ministry of Defense for the supply of a new assault rifle and the military department had already signed a contract for the supply of 120 MK000 rifles (Maschinenkarabiner 556). Deliveries are expected to start in October-November this year. The contract value was 556 million euros.

The MK556 rivals in the final of the tender were the HK416 and HK433 automatic rifles from Heckler & Koch, and the HK416, which was considered the favorite of the competition, lost due to its high cost.

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.
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  1. Alex_You
    Alex_You 10 October 2020 21: 50
    13
    Yeah, giant H und K look and give the contract to re-equip the army to some upstart, which, although it has a rich history.
    1. nnm
      nnm 10 October 2020 22: 01
      +6
      So much for Germany)))) Whoever has more funds and connections will receive a contract in the end, despite the previous scandals.
      1. Prisoner
        Prisoner 10 October 2020 22: 07
        10
        Somewhere else? Connections and money, big money is everything.
      2. Alex_You
        Alex_You 10 October 2020 22: 08
        +4
        Well, let's see what HC has dug up as much as 320 pages.
        1. Senka naughty
          Senka naughty 10 October 2020 23: 19
          +6
          Quote: Alex_You
          Well, let's see what HC has dug up as much as 320 pages.

          laughing 320 pages of summaries of the complaint, 60 counts, does this wunderwaffle have that much detail?
          Who is who, but nemchura knows how to count money. But how can you argue when your product has been trampled into the dirt with such zeal.
        2. Blacksmith 55
          Blacksmith 55 11 October 2020 07: 38
          0
          I heard a different version of the review. The owner is based in Abu Dhabi and they supply arms to the Saudis who are supporting the war in Yemen.
          I am not claiming the veracity of this information.
      3. figwam
        figwam 10 October 2020 22: 54
        +1
        Quote: nnm
        So much for Germany))))

        And it all started so well.
        1. Senka naughty
          Senka naughty 10 October 2020 23: 37
          +1
          Quote: figvam
          And it all started so well.

          Money for the Arabs is dust, the pride of the Bedouins suffered, the Supreme Oil Council of Abu Dhabi will still remember the Bundeswehr who created it from dust and ashes.
        2. RealPilot
          RealPilot 11 October 2020 13: 50
          +1
          Quote: figvam
          Quote: nnm
          So much for Germany))))

          And it all started so well.

          And it ended no less well ...
          And really, why the Germans need new machines? Not needed! They have old ones, and let them become outdated - it's only better for us! tongue
    2. Mountain shooter
      Mountain shooter 10 October 2020 23: 44
      +1
      Quote: Alex_You

      +4
      Yeah, giant H und K look and give up the contract

      Fair competition, yeah ... It wasn't there. When big profits are at stake - how is it with Marx? There is no crime that capital will not go for 300% of the profit ... wassat
  2. cat Rusich
    cat Rusich 10 October 2020 21: 51
    +7
    AK 101 chambered for 5,56x45mm. High quality (time-tested), cheap ... good
    1. Alex_You
      Alex_You 10 October 2020 21: 58
      +3
      AK stores under 556 do not fit under STANAG 4179. Yes, and sanctions, here the joint venture cannot be completed, and you rearm the army.
      1. cat Rusich
        cat Rusich 10 October 2020 22: 13
        +1
        Quote: Alex_You
        AK stores under 556 do not fit under STANAG 4179.
        And where did Izhevsk Machine-Building Plant think when it was developing the AK-101? - it was clear from the very moment of development who would buy an AK under 5,56x45mm. Today, you can simply remake the AK-101 to the AK-101N (STANAG standard) - to make an export batch for the FRG or we can no longer ...
    2. Observer2014
      Observer2014 10 October 2020 21: 59
      +1
      Quote: cat Rusich
      AK 101 chambered for 5,56x45mm. High quality (time-tested), cheap ... good

      No. It's too bad to arm the Germans. Okay, the GDR were people from our common system. And I personally know how they treated us. They were really our people. And here are those who again stand at our border, albeit with the NATO bloc. And as a component part of NATO stop : We don't need such happiness.
      1. cat Rusich
        cat Rusich 10 October 2020 22: 05
        +1
        Quote: Observer2014
        And then those who are again on the border with us, albeit with the NATO bloc. And as an integral part of NATO no: We do not need such happiness.
        S-400 - sold to Turkey ... 120 AK during the "third world" "weather will not do" No.
  3. Don karleone
    Don karleone 10 October 2020 21: 51
    +6
    Sign a contract with Kalashnikov, you won't regret it
    1. ZEMCH
      ZEMCH 10 October 2020 21: 58
      +4
      there is a contract condition impracticable for AK - the store is standard for AR-15)))
      1. nnm
        nnm 10 October 2020 22: 03
        +2
        Yes, before that they used incompatible H&K and nothing ...
        1. ZEMCH
          ZEMCH 10 October 2020 22: 54
          +5
          Quote: nnm
          Yes, before that they used an incompatible NK and nothing ...


          left Colt M-16 right H & K416 already STANAG. G36 is not compatible across stores, and new contract required compatibility
  4. Operator
    Operator 10 October 2020 22: 00
    -6
    Corruption as it is laughing
  5. Alex_You
    Alex_You 10 October 2020 22: 03
    +2
    Why do they have a swing
    Heckler & Koch disputes the Bundeswehr's decision and submitted a 320-page document listing 60 reasons why they disagree with the German army's choice.

    What's the secret about patents. Wait and see.
    Another funny thing is that in fact that one is another AR-15 with a gas piston.
    1. Mr_Evil
      Mr_Evil 11 October 2020 01: 42
      +4
      MK556 (CAR816) and HK416 are the same thing, but with one small caveat ...

      The HK416 is a more expensive weapon as it includes development costs, etc.

      MK556 (CAR816) unlicensed copy of HK416 which is slightly cheaper ...
  6. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 10 October 2020 22: 11
    +2
    As explained in the military department, CG Haenel COULD violate patent rights, so the winning bid is canceled and the contract is revoked.

    This is what makes Hiley Likely life-giving!
  7. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 10 October 2020 22: 14
    +1
    oh, eeeeeee ... suddenly there is a war and their tender is canceled ... then the war must also be postponed until the end of the tender procedures))))) ...
  8. iouris
    iouris 10 October 2020 22: 40
    -5
    I warn the "domestic" fighters for the "cause of the Bundeswehr": don't! This structure can very quickly turn into the Wehrmacht. You won't have time to blink an eye. The Waffen-SS have already been formed in the Ukraine, in the Soviet Baltic states, in Georgia ... I will not list all of them.
    1. Obliterator
      Obliterator 10 October 2020 23: 28
      +1
      Quote: iouris
      I warn the "domestic" fighters for the "cause of the Bundeswehr": don't! This structure can very quickly turn into the Wehrmacht. You won't have time to blink an eye. The Waffen-SS have already been formed in the Ukraine, in the Soviet Baltic states, in Georgia ... I will not list all of them.

      Can not. Whatever trunk do not give them in hand, they are not even close to their great-grandfathers in spirit. Except for the special forces and the police, of course.
      1. PSih2097
        PSih2097 11 October 2020 11: 00
        0
        Quote: Obliterator
        Except for the special forces and the police, of course.

        Believe me - they all remember and, unlike the Pshek officers with a Soviet military education, they are not driven from work ...
  9. Avior
    Avior 10 October 2020 23: 17
    0
    Strange wording
    Could you or did you?
    1. Senka naughty
      Senka naughty 10 October 2020 23: 48
      +1
      Violation of the patent must be proven, high-likes, as for the bourgeois denyushki does not work. But at first glance it looks like an information sabotage against a competitor.
      1. carstorm 11
        carstorm 11 11 October 2020 00: 05
        +1
        then the contract would simply be suspended and not withdrawn.
        1. Senka naughty
          Senka naughty 11 October 2020 03: 54
          0
          As follows from the article, patent infringement is just the tip of the iceberg, the essence of the refusal of the contract is provided by 60 points. I personally have not read it yet, but I have not yet heard protests from Arabs.
  10. bars1
    bars1 10 October 2020 23: 53
    +5
    Quote: iouris
    The Waffen-SS have already been formed in Ukraine, in the Soviet Baltic states, in Georgia.

    Waffen -SS from the so-called. the Aryans and the Waffen-SS from the collaborators were not comparable in terms of combat potential. In favor of the former.
    1. PSih2097
      PSih2097 11 October 2020 11: 02
      +1
      Quote: bars1
      Waffen -SS from the so-called. the Aryans and the Waffen-SS from the collaborators were not comparable in terms of combat potential. In favor of the former.

      and even more so the others are very far from the "bloody gebni", although the former were worthy (in the sense of combat experience, and not punitive operations) opponents ...
  11. Svetlana
    Svetlana 10 October 2020 23: 54
    +3
    Lawyers rule the world and the fact that the state needs a piece of iron is not interesting to them. The main thing is to follow the rules. They come up with these rules and live at their expense. They live sweetly.
  12. Vadim_888
    Vadim_888 11 October 2020 00: 01
    0
    Looks like the quality did not suit
  13. beeper
    beeper 11 October 2020 00: 11
    +7
    For the second time in a short time, this illiterate "translator's" word Maschinenkarabin "hurts the eye"er556! request
    German "carbine" In the title "MK556" should not be confused "by inertia" with the consonant Italian "carabiner"! wink
    It's just as funny and sad as if, for example, name machine gun "MG42" wrote - Maschinengewehrer42! smile
    In the singular in German it is written-Maschinenkarabin, Maschinengewehr! yes
    No offense! hi
  14. mongol9999
    mongol9999 11 October 2020 01: 09
    +1
    In fact, it is a trash when weapons are chosen for their army not by characteristics and price, but by the implementation of patent rights.
    1. PSih2097
      PSih2097 11 October 2020 11: 07
      +1
      Quote: mongol9999
      Actually, it's a trash when weapons are chosen for their army not according to characteristics and prices

      What is wrong with us? AEK is better than AK, but AK is accepted (as the main one), instead of AEK (for special forces), It's like SVT and "mosinka" ...
      1. Vinnibuh
        Vinnibuh 11 October 2020 14: 49
        +1
        You yourself answered yourself) svt is more difficult to operate, and the mosinka is simpler, and in light of the mass armament of the infantry, less costs (hours / money for production and training). The same baida with aek and ak.
  15. Skai
    Skai 11 October 2020 07: 03
    0
    both in that and in this weapon the same designer worked, so they still can't divide it, but machine guns ... and who needs them, except the Bundeswehr ... and he no longer needs, as it turned out
  16. Fedorovich
    Fedorovich 11 October 2020 08: 33
    +1
    Free market, cho ...
  17. WapentakeLokki
    WapentakeLokki 11 October 2020 17: 00
    0
    Quote: nnm
    So much for Germany)))) Whoever has more funds and connections will receive a contract in the end, despite the previous scandals.

    .... yeah, and our concern Kalashnikov with its fucking AK-12 won over the Kovrovites in what way ??? .. if not even special, it can be seen that the AEK is head and shoulders above the AK-74 clone, the notorious AK-12 .. and all the nonsense about the difficulty of its mastering for recruits .. well, you yourself are not funny .. guys from diapers using smart cards and computers are not possible master the AEK..no everything is transparent here..corruption..as Boyarsky said in `` the man from the boulevard of the Capuchins '' .. this country will be ruined by CORRUPTION !!!!
    1. Thomas N.
      Thomas N. 11 October 2020 20: 25
      0
      Quote: WapentakeLokki
      even if not special, it can be seen that the AEK is head and shoulders above the AK-74 clone, the notorious AK-12 .. and all the nonsense about the difficulty of mastering it for recruits .. well, it's not funny to you yourself .. the boys from the cradle use smart cards and computers are not able to master AEK ..

      "Using from the cradle of smarts and computers" does not contribute to the development of AEK, AK and any other firearms. Quite the opposite. AEK is useless for a conscript, high accuracy when shooting with automatic fire from AEK will only hurt if you aim incorrectly.
      1. WapentakeLokki
        WapentakeLokki 12 October 2020 19: 07
        0
        .... yeah, and hanging the Ak-12 with Piccatini slats under a fierce body kit is it like ??? on .. the conscript then (according to your logic) and the collimator and the laser center and the night light .. there is an open sight and don’t ... and generally don’t ... leave only a single one to smack with automatic fire ... (and it’s better to give them a mosinka yeah) ..and what about modern youth, well, don’t, but ... if you’ve never tried strike and pent .. tactics and even counter, then you don’t need ... guys who can master an electric scooter, well, they will not fail with AEK .. haha