A German Army lieutenant colonel has revealed to Jane's that a decision on the German Army's next assault rifle has been postponed but disclosed that a final decision should be made during the first half of 2019. According to the officer, who wished to remain anonymous, the deferment of the decision is due to 'political rather than practical' reasons. Furthermore, the officer stated that given the past issues with the service's current G36 assault rifle, the army feels that it needs to be extra cautious in its decision-making process to not repeat the mistakes of the past.
Meanwhile, a senior source in the German defence industry told Jane's that the main reason for postponing the decision is "a fire that broke out at the German Army's rifle testing range", where the competing assault rifles were being tested.
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