The Selection of Germany’s Next Service Rifle Delayed Again

    Bundeswehr G36

    Bundeswehr with G36s in Afghanistan (Bundeswehr)

    It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that the decision on which supplier that will deliver the next standard assault rifle for the German Army has reportedly been delayed once again.

    According to several German news outlets the program has once again been delayed. What is surprising is that the COVID-19 Coronavirus is not directly mentioned as part of the reason for the delay. Instead one of the potential suppliers has felt disadvantaged, and has filed legal complaints about the process.

    Below: Heckler & Koch HK433. Photos of the latest version can be found here.

    Below: The Haenel Defense CR223. It is unclear if Haenel Defense remain part of the trials. It is worth remembering that the Haenel RS9 in .338 LM is currently used by the German Army as the G29 Sniper Rifle.

    To the best of TFB’s knowledge, both SIG Sauer and Rheinmetall / Steyr Mannlicher have withdrawn from the final part of the process.

    The two companies that reportedly remain in the fight are Heckler & Koch and Haenel Defense, but it is unclear exactly which company filed the complaints. Feel free to speculate in the comments below.

    Below: The C.G. Haenel GmbH MK556 Assault Rifle. You can check it out here.

    Haenel MK556 Germany Assault Rifle 2020

    Three years after the beginning of this procurement, we were expecting an official announcement at the end of this month (June 2020). Now it seems we – and the German Army – have to wait until October 2020 for more information.

    Below: Some pictures of the current German G36 in use during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Below: Heckler & Koch HK416, already in service with some specialist German units. (HK416 A7 to be called G95 by the German Special Forces)

    For more in-depth coverage of the topic check TFB’s previous articles:

    Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher offer new RS556 assault rifle system.

    ITAR: SIG Sauer is Out. Withdraws from the German tender.

    SIG Sauer Germany Closes Down

    News (2017) from Heckler & Koch – HK433 A New Rifle

    Sources:, Oldenburger Onlinezeitung

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.