POTD: Norwegians during exercise Dynamic Mongoose shooting HK416 K

    Today’s Photo(s) of the Day are taken by Jakob Østheim at the Norwegian Defense (Forsvaret).

    These are gunmen at HNoMS Roald Amundsen during an exercise called Dynamic Mongoose in 2017.

    You can see both a .50 BMG Heavy Machine Gun as well as short HK416s. The HK416s are fitted with what appears to be Aimpoint CompC4s, which also would make a lot of sense as the Norwegians are known to use them(!)

    The label on these short HKs is HK416 K. To the best of my knowledge the barrel length is 11″, and to my knowledge Norway are the only ones to use the HK 416 K.

    Norway have about 40 000 HK416s. According to Wikipedia they are using the HK416N, HK416K and the HK416S (specialized DMR version of HK416N, modified in Norway)
    You can find the product page from Heckler & Koch here.

    More about the exercise:

    Dynamic Mongoose is the second annual NATO-led maritime Anti-Submarine Warfare interoperability exercise. Mongoose is conducted in the North Atlantic region and the other ASW exercise, Dynamic Manta, is conducted in the Mediterranean. The upcoming Dynamic Mongoose is scheduled for June 26 to July 8, 2017. The aim of this exercise is to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills.

    You can find more Norwegian HKs here.

    Do you know more about the HK 416 K? Please let us know in the comments below.