H&K their new HK243 at IWA ’14. The HK243 is a modern sport variant of the H&K G36 rifle and chambered in .223. There are two variants, the budget HK243 S SAR and the premium S TAR.
The HK243 S SAR features the G36 gas system and ambidextrous charging handle. It has a side solder stock in the traditional G36 style. It has no forward rail and the sight picatinny rail is made of polymer. It take G36 magazines but a magazine conversion kit allows the use of HK416 magazines (it may allow other AR-15 magazines, but the H&K brochures do not mention this). It has a threaded barrel but no flash hider.
The HK243 S TAR is the version gun nuts are going to be salivating over. It has all the features of the S SAR but also features a premium length and height adjustable folding stock. It has a slick aluminum quad rail and an aluminum optics rail with low profile folding sights built in. It comes from the factory with a flash hider. Interestingly, the TAR version components (rails, stock and flash hider) will be available as an upgrade kit for the SAR.
Many thanks to Erik B @ www.RS6.com for the above photos. Photos below were kindly provided by another one of TFB’s European spies …