According to the German publication Soldat & Technik, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has chosen the German company Heckler & Koch GmbH for supplying their future service pistols. The handgun is the striker-fired SFP9 SF, which has the magazine release on the trigger guard. You can find the details and specifications below.
The deal is worth around 1.57 million Euros and will span over the next six years. Soldat & Technik mentions that Heckler & Koch confirmed the information and that the SFP-9 was able to win against five other competing offers.
The Lithuanian selection had the following weighting:
Price: 40 percent.
Technical and professional evaluation: 60 percent.
The modern SFP9 Striker Fired Pistol is a fully pre-cocked system with single-action trigger in calibre 9 mm x 19. The pistol’s standard features include unique characteristics and innovative details. Patented charging supports at the rear of the slide simplify and assist charging without injury. The disassembly process requires no tools and guides the user through a mandatory course of action, offering maximum safety to prevent accidents. The weapon cannot be disassembled unless the magazine has been removed. Unlike comparable models of pistols, the weapon automatically de-cocks itself when disassembled. In addition, the trigger need not be pulled before disassembly. The magazine and ergonomics concept of the P30 were transferred to the new series of pistols. Not only does the SFP9 use P30 magazines, it also features interchangeable back straps and grip shells to provide a total of 27 individual grip shape combinations. Its excellent trigger characteristics promote maximum accuracy during rapid fire sequences. It is based on a well-balanced relationship between hand position, light trigger pull and short trigger travel and reset.
This is the first time the H&K SFP-9 has been chosen by a NATO partner. Other than that, several national police forces and the Japanese armed forces use the same handgun.
The Swedish Police is also looking for a new striker fire handgun to replace their old SIG Sauers, and the H&K SFP9 is one of many contenders. In similar news, German Police chose Heckler & Koch SFP9TR.
Source: Soldat & Technik