The final decision of the French military should be taken during this year.
“Five companies took part in the French tender for the purchase of 101000 AIF (Personal Automatic Rifle of the Future) automatic rifles: Heckler & Koch (Germany), FN Herstal (Belgium), Beretta (Italy), Swiss Arms (Switzerland) and HS Produkt (Croatia) ... Product participation criteria: 5,56 mm caliber, the ability to fire with barrel grenades (combat, smoke and training). 45000 AIF units are to be produced as standard and 45000 in a short version. A prerequisite is the ability to adapt weapons to the felin fighter outfit, - comments blog post bmpd.
It is noted that "the HK416 rifle was previously known to the French security forces, since it is massively used by the French special forces and the anti-terrorism units." To win the competition, “the advantage of the HK416 rifle is the use of French steel in the design, and the fact that the rifle is familiar to future users. All its advantages are known for combat use in Afghanistan, Libya, the Middle East, ”the article says.
As for the FN SCAR rifle, according to the author, “it was created by order of the US Special Operations Command (CSR). It can be produced in the caliber 5,56 of NATO or 7,62x51 of NATO - in the US it is armed with special forces CSR, Navy SEAL, SWAT. ”