France Selects Aimpoint CompM5 for HK416F

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
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The French Army is set to adopt Aimpoint’s CompM5 red dot rifle optic. The CompM5 will be paired with the French Army’s new service rifle, the Heckler & Koch HK416 F, which is currently being rolled out. Aimpoint introduced the CompM5 in September last year.

The CompM5 is a non-magnifying (1x) optic with a +/- of 3%. The CompM5 is designed to work with the Aimpoint 3xMag-1 and 6xMag-1 magnifiers. The contract was awarded to a consortium of made up of Aimpoint and Heckler & Koch France (SAS). Aimpoint will provide 120,000 optics over the next six years. These will equip the 93,000 HK416 Fs which will be delivered between now and 2028.

This optic order number is well in excess of the original confirmed order of 93,080 rifles, however, this number is bound to be increased as the French Army currently has around 400,000 FAMAS. It is believed that the French Army will reuse some of its Scrome J4, which is a 4× power optic, but some of these will be used by the FAMAS which will remain in service with the National Guard (Garde Nationale).

Aimpoint’s CompM5 red dot optic (Aimpoint AB)

The selection was confirmed through a press release posted by Heckler & Koch, Aimpoint’s partner on the project, on the 19th July:

The French Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has awarded on the 17th of July 2018 to the consortium Heckler & Koch France SAS / Aimpoint AB an important contract for the supply of red dot sights for the new HK416 F French assault rifle.
The contract covers the supply of up to 120,000 CompM5 sights over a period of six years. The CompM5 sight is the latest offering of the originator and worldwide leader in reflex sighting technology Aimpoint AB. Compact, lightweight and rugged, it will further increase the capabilities of the French soldier equipped with the new HK416 F assault rifle.


Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

Managing Editor: & Overt Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. Matt is also runs The Armourer's Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms. Here on TFB he covers product and current military small arms news. Reach Matt at:

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