The free-fallers of Airland Brigade 1 of the German Bundeswehr have been in Portugal practicing tactical parachute jumping with combat equipment. Day and night, an A400M and two M28 Skytrucks have been bringing the soldiers of the the free-fallers of Airland Brigade 1 in Portugal are practicing tactical parachute jumping with combat equipment. Day and […]
Steyr Arms G62 – The G36 Upgrade Option
It seems that the German Bundeswehr’s current Sturmgewehr Saga is still a long way from being fully and finally resolved, and in the meantime the (allegedly) flawed G36 soldiers on… While the German’s try to untangle themselves from the knot they got themselves into with the whole ‘replace-the-G36-with-an-AR-based-platform-at-the-lowest-cost-technically-acceptable-option’, along come the Austrians at Steyr Arms […]
Green Berets for German Marines?
The German Navy Sea Battalion (German: Seebataillon) is a land formation of the Bundesmarine, formed on 1 April 2014 and consisting of approximately 1,100 sailors structured into four companies, plus support elements. Each company, led by a lieutenant commander (Korvettenkapitän, OF-3), is specialized in specific field of force protection. The specific specialist companies are – […]
The Bundeswehr Sturmgewehr Saga: HK Wins After All!
As reported this morning by several European defence industry publications and blogs, the saga of the German Armed Forces search for a new rifle to replace their G-36s appears to have come to a final conclusion – in favor of Heckler & Koch. But you may be surprised to see that its the HK416 and […]
Bundeswehr Assault Rifle Order Cancelled
BREAKING NEWS – According to several sources, the German Bundeswehr has apparently, and unexpectedly, cancelled its order for approximately 120,000 Haenel MK556 ‘machine carbines’ (assault rifles) that was placed less than a month ago. Readers familiar with the saga of the Bundeswehr’s search for a new rifle to replace the Heckler & Koch G36 in […]
Heckler & Koch HK433 – what now?
Many people were surprised by the announcement earlier this week that the Bundeswehr has chosen the Haenel MK556 as its new assault rifle system – snubbing both the HK416 and the HK433 in the process. The stated reasoning was that the Haenel rifle, which is essentially a German rebrand of a UAE clone of a […]
Haenel MK556 to Replace HK G36 for the Bundeswehr
According to a breaking story by the German language defense publication ‘Soldat & Technik‘, the MK556 from CG Haenel emerged as the winner of the German MOD’s competition for a new assault rifle to replace the current Heckler & Koch G-36. Official confirmation from the Federal Ministry of Defense is apparently still pending, and it […]