BREAKING: German MoD Releases RFI For New Infantry Rifles

    The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has released a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to the industry, regarding new infantry weapons that could replace the troubled G36 rifle. A PIN is the European equivalent of the American Request For Information (RFI), which usually precedes a tender for a contract. A machine translation of the PIN is reproduced below:

    Germany-Coblenz: Guns

    2015 / S 171-311055

    Prior information notice for contracts in the fields of defense and security


    Directive 2009/81 / EC

    Section I: Contracting authority / entity

    I.1)Name, addresses and contact point (s)

    Federal Office for equipment, information technology and use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw)
    Ferdinand Sauerbruch Str. 1
    Contact point (s): BAAINBw K6.2
    For the attention of: Mr. Brinkmann / Dr. Körsten
    56073 Koblenz
    Telephone: +49 261400-14881 / 14689
    E -mail: [email protected]
    Fax: +49 26140014652

    Internet address (es):

    General address of the contracting authority / entity:

    I.2)Type of contracting authority

    Agency / Office National or federal level

    I.3)Main activity (ies)


    I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities / entities

    The contracting authority / entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities / entities: no

    Section II: Object of the contract

    II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority / entity:

    The Bundeswehr performs a market survey in the range assault rifles through.
    The weapons must meet the following conditions / requirements:
    – NATO standards (all climates, AC 225 / D14 and STANAG 4694 rail);
    – demand “basement submission”;
    – Laws / Regulations of the Federal Republic . Germany
    In order to answer the questions in point II.7) and sending a technical data sheet / brochure / images / manual until 30.9.2015 at BAAINBw K6.2 is requested.
    Detailed information and images are especially needed on the following points:
    – Weapon completely;
    – flash suppressor;
    – safety device;
    – Notvisier;
    – handle;
    – Magazine;
    – accessories (eg bayonet, signature damper.);
    – controls (eg .: cocking lever, magazine release lever, locking lever.).

    II.2)Type of contract and location of works, delivery or

    Main place of execution, delivery or performance: Germany.

    II.3)Information on framework agreement

    The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no

    II.4)Short description of nature and scope of works or nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

    II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


    II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures and contract duration

    II.7)Additional information:

    1. How long is the weapon with extended / unfolded
    buttstock?. 2 How long is the weapon with retracted / folded
    buttstock?. 3 In which lengths of pipe the weapon is
    offered?. 4 If a tube length change possible by the
    operator?. 5 Weight of the weapon with the appropriate tube (without magazine, without
    optics)?. 6 How many cartridges fit into the / the magazine /
    e?. 7 If the weapon for left and right hand shooters without modification
    usable?. 8 To what extent the buttstock of the weapon’s length and height
    adjustable?. 9 If a shot is fired when turned rattle / retracted buttstock without permanent impairment of function possible?
    10th Can the weapon in any operation at any charge state via the fuse exclude inadvertent firing constructively?
    11th Where the center of gravity of the weapon is filled with magazine and being coated / unfolded buttstock?
    12th Does the weapon via a slide catch
    function?. 13 V0 which is achieved at the respective tube lengths at 21 ° C at which ammunition?
    14. Is there a blank cartridge device for the gun?
    15th Can the shutter and the main assembly of the weapons of the same type are used interchangeably, without affecting the function and reliability is limited?
    16th What cadence is achieved with continuous fire?
    17th Where can be mounted STANAG 4694 rail on the weapon?
    18th Is an interface for a launcher 40 mm at the weapon yet?
    19th What interfaces are signature damper and bayonet on the weapon mountable?
    20th Which signature damper with which performance data can be used with the weapon?
    21st On how many shots the lifetime of the housing is limited?
    22nd On how many shots the life of the tube is limited?
    23rd On how many shots the life of the tube with hard-core ammunition is limited?
    24th If special tool for cleaning, maintenance or repair required? What?
    25th Is the gun for cleaning by the user dismantled without tools?
    26th How is the budget price of a weapon in what quantities (sliding scale)?
    27th Which budget price is quoted for the components for which purchase quantity? (z. B .: Signature damper, mount, strap, magazine, drum magazine, storm grip)
    28th How many weapons can be in which Delivery period provided in series production?

    Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

    III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
    III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and / or reference to the relevant provisions:
    III.2)Conditions for participation
    III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

    Section VI: Complementary information

    VI.1)Information about European Union funds
    VI.2)Additional information:

    VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

    Relevant governmental Internet (s), can be called up on the information

    Tax Law

    Federal Ministry of Finance
    Wilhelmstrasse 97
    10117 Berlin
    Phone: +49 30186820
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Fax: +49 30186823260
    Internet address:

    Environmental Law

    Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
    Robert-Schuman-Platz 3
    53175 Bonn
    Telephone: +49 228 993 050
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Fax: +49 228 993 053 225
    Internet address:

    OSH and working conditions

    Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
    Wilhelmstrasse 49
    10117 Berlin
    Phone: +49 30185270
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Fax: +49 30185271830
    Internet address:

    VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:



    The Bundeswehr is seeking new firearms that could replace the G36 without experiencing the same issues in accuracy and consistency as the Heckler & Koch weapon. We have covered the G36 controversy extensively, beginning as things began to heat up, the release of a damning report by the Ernst Mach Institute, H&K’s defense, the German Defense Minister’s condemnation of the rifle, the cover-up scandal, to Lithuania’s withdrawal from G36 procurement. We even tested a G36 for ourselves, to see if we could replicate the accuracy issues.


    Thanks to Daniel for the tip

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]