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The Bundeswehr is rearming with the Heckler & Koch HK416A8 assault rifle

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The Bundeswehr is rearming with the Heckler & Koch HK416A8 assault rifle

The German Bundeswehr will finally get a new assault rifle instead of the G36, a saga that lasted several years with the replacement of an automatic weapons The German army came to an end. According to the German Ministry of Defense, the German government has allocated funds for the purchase of new rifles.


The Bundeswehr begins serial purchases of HK416A8 automatic rifles from Heckler & Koch chambered for 5,56 x 45 mm NATO. The rifle will be supplied in two versions: the G95A1 long-barreled assault rifle and the G95KA1 short-barreled carbine. In total, 118718 HK416A8 rifles will be purchased at the initial stage, the first deliveries will begin as early as 2023.

Recall that in 2020, the Bundeswehr announced the winner of the tender of the German Ministry of Defense for the supply of a new assault rifle to the German company CG Haenel and even signed a contract for the supply of 120 Maschinenkarabiner 000 rifles (a clone of the American AR556 / M15 rifle with a modified gas engine). Rivals MK16 in the final tender were HK556 and HK416 from Heckler & Koch.

Deliveries of the MK556 were supposed to begin in the fall of the same year, but in October 2020, the German Ministry of Defense withdrew the already concluded contract. The reason for this was the accusation of patent infringement by CG Haenel, which was made by competitor Heckler & Koch. As a result, in 2021, the CG Haenel arms company from the city of Suhl in Thuringia (Germany) was completely excluded from the tender, leaving only Heckler & Koch with two rifles in it. As a result, the choice of the German army fell on the HK416.

The Heckler & Koch HK416 rifle is also a clone of the American AR, but using Heckler & Koch's patented short stroke gas piston system. Modification HK416A8 in comparison with other versions of HK416 is equipped with a quick-detachable shortened forearm, adjustable cheek rest on the butt and a handle with an inclination like a G36 rifle. The barrel has a hole for a bayonet. Picatinny rails installed.

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  1. lucul
    lucul 20 December 2022 14: 03
    -5
    Bundeswehr begins serial procurement of HK416A8 automatic rifles from Heckler & Koch

    Looks like our AK-12
    )))
    1. Sith
      Sith 20 December 2022 14: 11
      +4
      In modern small arms ... it’s not difficult to get lost ... because the physics is one and the shot and recoil ... and too many different solutions are rare
      1. Barberry25
        Barberry25 20 December 2022 14: 16
        +3
        it’s more likely that the Hecklers have more expensive lawyers
    2. Andy_nsk
      Andy_nsk 20 December 2022 14: 23
      0
      Looks like our AK-12

      The German has a more powerful cartridge
      1. Aristarkh Pasechnik
        Aristarkh Pasechnik 20 December 2022 14: 54
        -2
        5,56 * 45 - and why is it more powerful? Can you explain? :)
        1. Andy_nsk
          Andy_nsk 20 December 2022 15: 08
          +5
          5,56 * 45 - and why is it more powerful? Can you explain?

          Higher bullet energy
        2. 28st region
          28st region 20 December 2022 16: 14
          +6
          The sleeve is 6 mm longer. The bullets are almost the same, the caliber is considered differently. More propellant, i.e. gunpowder. Unfortunately, their gunpowder is better than ours. So our weapons do not digest our cartridges, they get dirty very quickly, i.e. gunpowder burns worse and not all of it burns into soot.
    3. solar
      solar 20 December 2022 15: 25
      -1
      You almost guessed it. Just the opposite.
      NK416 was created in 2004, AK-12 - in 2012.
      The similarity you pointed out then caught the eye of many.
      1. 28st region
        28st region 20 December 2022 16: 17
        +5
        The AK12 was created in 1946, what we see in the AK12 is its "polished" version. They put a different handle, butt, hung all sorts of slats, and what do you think has really changed? Yes, figurines as AK was and remained.
        1. solar
          solar 20 December 2022 17: 18
          -5
          what we see in AK12 is its "polished" version.

          made "under" NK416. It catches the eye of many, as you noted above
    4. APASUS
      APASUS 20 December 2022 15: 34
      -1
      Quote: lucul
      Bundeswehr begins serial procurement of HK416A8 automatic rifles from Heckler & Koch

      Looks like our AK-12
      )))

      Like M-16 one to one
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 20 December 2022 19: 50
        +2
        Like M-16 one to one

        You were joking, of course. wink
  2. Buyan
    Buyan 20 December 2022 14: 13
    -2
    I hope that the epic will be like with the Puma infantry fighting vehicle and the rifles will stop shooting wassat
    And it looks like Stg 43
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 20 December 2022 14: 56
      +2
      Don't hope. With the riflemen, the Germans always had everything in order.
      And the 416th "looks" like an arch, on the platform of which it was made.

      Stg 43 does not exist in nature, there are MP 43, MP 44, StG 44 and only AK-47 looks like them, and then it just looks like it.

      1. solar
        solar 20 December 2022 15: 33
        -3
        The similarity with the German StG 44 is better seen on the early version, the conditional AK-46
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 20 December 2022 16: 08
          +2
          Yes, except for the main thing - the locking system. Here it is more likely from John Garand and his M1.



          M1 on the left, AK on the right.
      2. saygon66
        saygon66 20 December 2022 18: 36
        +2
        MKb 42 Walter here ... also very similar ... outwardly ..
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 20 December 2022 18: 44
          +4
          So Walter and Schmeisser were competitors. The army chose Schmeisser.

          MKb.42 (H) (German MaschinenKarabiner 42 (Haenel) - automatic carbine model 42 of the Henel company - a prototype developed by CG Haenel as part of a competition to create an automatic weapon chambered for an intermediate cartridge 7,92 × 33 mm Kurtz.
          1. saygon66
            saygon66 20 December 2022 19: 04
            +1
            -It looks like mashing Henel is a German tradition... smile
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 20 December 2022 19: 49
              +2
              In what sense "overwrite", I did not understand a little. smile He was also adopted, but "Walter" was not.
              1. saygon66
                saygon66 20 December 2022 19: 52
                0
                - "Both-on!" (C) smile I always knew that both Walter and Henel lost to Schmeisser! recourse
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 20 December 2022 20: 12
                  +1
                  Genel could not lose to Hugo Schmeisser in any way, since the aforementioned Hugo worked for this company - CG Haenel Waffen und Fahrradfabrik as technical director. request
                  By the way, Hugo's dad, Louis, also worked there.
                  1. saygon66
                    saygon66 20 December 2022 20: 19
                    0
                    So Henel MKb 42 is the prototype of the StG44?
                    (I do not carry useful information).
                    1. Catfish
                      Catfish 20 December 2022 20: 31
                      +2
                      Of course. Via MP 43 and MP 44.



                      Top -- MKb.42(H)
                      Below - MP.43
                      1. saygon66
                        saygon66 20 December 2022 21: 01
                        0
                        - Yeah! I had to hold the StG44 d in my hands ... and either 45, or MKb (W) - very rusty ... and 42 (H) - it was not enough, it seems ...
                      2. Catfish
                        Catfish 20 December 2022 21: 23
                        +2
                        Yes, relatively few MKb.42(H) were produced, I only saw them in the Museum of the Armed Forces.
                        and whether 45

                        This is a completely different weapon - StG 45 (M), a rifle was developed by Mauser Werke and production was established only by the 45th year, it did not participate in hostilities.


                        But after the war, the German developers of this rifle created the famous CETME Modelo A rifle in Spain, which was put into service there.

                        And already on its basis in Germany, the HK G3 rifle and a whole family of various small arms, including P / P MP-5 (Heckler and Koch), were made.
                      3. saygon66
                        saygon66 20 December 2022 21: 36
                        +2
                        Then MKb - the remains of the casing look like ...
                        And CETME "in the tree" is more beautiful!
                      4. Catfish
                        Catfish 20 December 2022 21: 59
                        +2
                        And CETME "in the tree" is more beautiful!


                        But heavier and more plastic is subject to wear and tear. Rationalism, there's nothing to be done. request smile
  3. Chip4ik
    Chip4ik 20 December 2022 14: 31
    +1
    The barrel has a hole for a bayonet.
    . Are the Germans preparing for bayonet attacks?
    1. solar
      solar 20 December 2022 15: 34
      0
      NK416 was made for the marines, and they still have a bayonet-knife in service. The army in the States refused it.
  4. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 20 December 2022 14: 51
    +1
    HK416 was developed by the American order for arming the Marine Corps.
    The task was: without loss of accuracy, to increase reliability.
    The Marines approved the German development.
    And then the Americans decided to switch to a different caliber.
    And purchases hung in the air.
    1. Konnick
      Konnick 20 December 2022 15: 09
      0
      And then the Americans decided to switch to a different caliber.
      And purchases hung in the air.

      In short ... "On you, God, what is not good for us"
      1. PSih2097
        PSih2097 20 December 2022 15: 18
        0
        Quote: Konnick
        And then the Americans decided to switch to a different caliber.
        And purchases hung in the air.

        In short ... "On you, God, what is not good for us"

        there are two arms factories, GUESS whose products I personally choose in caliber 7,62? AK or AEK? Here also.
        1. PSih2097
          PSih2097 20 December 2022 16: 48
          +1
          And then, from Tula, I will take SVD / SVU and VSS / AS / SR3M, everything else is exclusively from Kovrov ... But there is always BUT - optics, sights - here it’s either Eotek or Leupold, but for the money - our fin. the management of the Moscow Region will shoot itself in a group and more than once, or a group execution will have to be organized - as Generalisimus A.V. Suvorov bequeathed about the rear...
    2. IImonolitII
      IImonolitII 20 December 2022 17: 40
      +1
      The ILC bought all its M27s, but for now the spear is more likely for the ground army and the MTR. And even then, remember that in addition to the new caliber, there is also spear lt, which should go to the second line, m4 also has an extra. purchases. So in fact, the bulk of the fighters will still be like this from 5.56, and 6.8 for snipers, attack aircraft and special forces
  5. Konnick
    Konnick 20 December 2022 14: 54
    0
    The rifle will be supplied in two versions: the G95A1 long-barreled assault rifle and the G95KA1 short-barreled carbine.

    Some kind of mismatch. The assault rifle is longer and the carbine is shorter, although a short weapon is more convenient for assault.
    For some reason, the Germans do not use the name "Sturmgewehr", invented by Hitler for an automatic carbine. There is an automatic rifle and there is an automatic carbine. There is no assault rifle in nature except for the Sturmgever.
    1. solar
      solar 20 December 2022 15: 48
      -2
      The key word is rifle. A carbine is a shortened rifle. The carbine is by definition shorter.
      And an automatic rifle may not be chambered for an intermediate cartridge, like the FN FAL, for example. Automatic battle rifle, not assault rifle.
  6. Aristarkh Pasechnik
    Aristarkh Pasechnik 20 December 2022 14: 55
    0
    The Americans are going to switch to caliber 6,8 * 51! Do the Germans remain on the "old" cartridge?
    1. IImonolitII
      IImonolitII 20 December 2022 17: 44
      +1
      Acceptance of 6,8 * 51 does not mean rejection of 5.56 and even 7.62. All fighters of the "second line" are motorized rifles, while the ILC, nat. guards stay with m4/m27/spear lt. It will be like with a garand and a carbine in WWII
  7. Alexander_Schlidt
    Alexander_Schlidt 20 December 2022 14: 59
    0
    It's good that the caliber and cartridge do not change. Rumors about changing the cartridge in NATO countries have been circulating for a long time.
  8. Nikolay Dyaglev
    Nikolay Dyaglev 20 December 2022 19: 23
    +2
    And what did the G36 not suit?
    I’ll write some more crap, otherwise, you see, the administration decided that this stone does not carry useful information
    1. saygon66
      saygon66 20 December 2022 21: 44
      0
      - The quality of the plastic... Velо from temperature!
  9. revenge
    revenge 20 December 2022 20: 39
    +1
    Everyone is slowly switching to 7.**, 5.** now modern armor does not take. Late, however