On 10 October, the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, announced that the 5.56 mm Heckler & Koch HK416A7 has been selected as the new standard issue carbine for the Bundeswehr’s special forces. Under the Sturmgewehr Speziakräfte programme, the rifle will be introduced in the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) special forces command and its naval equivalent, the Kommando Spezialkräfte Marine (KSM) as the (Gewehr 95 (G95). The total order is for 1,745 carbines.
The BAAINBw expects 40 G95 low rate initial production carbines to be delivered to the Bundeswehr’s Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Waffen und Munition 91 (WTD 91) technical centre in Meppen in November for qualification tests and cross-checking of the compatibility of the weapon and accessories, and also for tactical testing with the special forces. After successful trials, the remaining 1,705 serial production weapons will be delivered, from January 2019 until late June 2019.
The weapon will be equipped with a suppressor, laser designator and illuminator, flashlight and carrying equipment, which are included in the contract. The G95 carbine is a gas-operated, piston-driven HK416 variant fed in 5.56x45 mm NATO, capable of single and automatic fire. Equipped with a 368 mm (14.5 in) barrel, the weapon weighs 3.69 kg. Unlike other Bundeswehr weapons recently purchased, the HK416A7 will be delivered in a ‘flat dark earth’ colour scheme instead of the previously selected ‘green brown’.
The carbine is equipped with a telescopic stock and non-stop NATO Accessory Rail (NAR) top rail for sights. The second rail is located underneath the carbine’s handguard, also serving as an interface for a 40 mm low velocity M320/GLM grenade launcher. Mounting points for additional NAR rail sections are located on both sides.
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