The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 May that the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has received the first batch of 400 HK416F assault rifles.
The 5.56 mm HK416F rifle was selected in March 2016 as the winner of the Future Individual Weapon (AIF) to replace the 400,000 FAMAS F1/G2 rifles currently in French service. The MoD said at the time the requirement was for 117,000 rifles, 93,080 of which would go to the army.
The MoD announced in September 2016 that it had placed a contract with Heckler & Koch for more than 100,000 HK416F rifles. Heckler & Koch said the contract covered the supply of 102,000 HK416F rifles and carbines, 10,767 HK269F 40x46 mm under-barrel grenade launchers, accessories, ammunition, spares, and support services over a 15-year period.
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