France and Germany are discussing the possibility of joint procurement of automatic rifles NK416

Magazine"Jane's Defense Weekly"in the articleRemigiusz Wilk "Germany, France to renew assault rifle talks"reports that France and Germany plan to resume negotiations on the choice of a single type of individual automatic small arms for their armed forces.
Discussions between the BAAINBw, the German Defense Purchasing Authority (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationtechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr) and the French General Directorate of Armaments (Direction Générale de l'Armement - DGA) for the technical specifications of the French Advanced AIF program (ar armement - DGA), and 2015 However, negotiations were suspended at the end of 2015 during the final stage of the French AIF tender in order to avoid any possible influence on it.
HK416
According to the results of the AIF program (Arme Individuelle Future), ordered by the French army as the main German 5.56-mm automatic Heckler & Koch HK416F-S rifle (AIF-S,Standard) with a barrel length of 368 mm (14.5 inches) and additionally equipped with a 40 mm Heckler & Koch HK269F 40 mm grenade launcher (c) Heckler & Koch (via Jane's)
On September 22, 2016, following the results of the AIF tender, the French Ministry of Defense signed a contract worth € 168 million for the purchase of 102,000 5.56 mm Heckler & Koch HK416F automatic rifles to replace French FAMAS F1S rifles [our blog reported this]. The Heckler & Koch rifle has competed in a tender with rifles with the Beretta ARX160, FN Herstal SCAR-L, HS Produkt VHS-2 and Sig Sauer MCX.
France is the second country to adopt the HK416 as its main rifle, the first to become Norway, which has been using the HK416N variant since 2008.
When the AIF tender was completed, the German Ministry of Defense announced that the BAAINBw and DGA negotiations on small arms should be resumed in December 2016.
Germany is interested in detailed information on AIF technical requirements and explanations of procurement decisions made under this program.
The German Ministry of Defense plans to adopt a new automatic rifle by 2019, and it is expected that the replacement of the G36 rifles now in service in the FRG will take 6-7 years.
The initial requirements of the Bundeswehr include 124,000 automatic rifles, with additional equipment and training systems, which gives an estimated total program cost of 630 million euros.
Meanwhile, BAAINBw has already issued industry inquiries and is in the process of exploring the market for automatic rifles to replace the G36. A total of 181,773 G36 rifles and G36K carbines have been supplied by Heckler & Koch to the Bundeswehr since 1996.
The project of purchasing identical rifles by France and Germany, in addition to being another evidence of Franco-German defense cooperation, is mainly aimed at reducing costs over the lifetime of the acquired weapons. Even if rifles are ordered by both countries separately, the cost of spare parts, tools, maintenance and upgrades for weapons will be reduced.
In October 2015, the head of the DGA, Lauren Colle-Billion, during a speech at the Defense Commission of the French National Assembly when discussing the defense financing bill for 2016, said that the DGA would provide Germany with information on the test results of automatic rifles in the AIF competition.
Colle-Billion added that it would be ideal if Germany could accept the same requirements and use the French selection criteria, which "could create a favorable combination for the arms community [producers]."
Although the HK416 rifle was not formally adopted by the German armed forces, however, after 2014, BAAINBw standardized this rifle under the designation G38 (version with a barrel length of 419 mm / 16.5 inches). Short barrel variants are designated as G38K (barrel 368 mm / 14.5 inches) and G38C (barrel 279 mm / 11 inches). The last two modifications were chosen by France under the AIF program, designated respectively as AIF-S (HK416F-S, barrel 368 mm / 14.5 inches) and AIF-C (HK416F-C, barrel 279 mm / 11 inches).

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