PARIS --- The Directorate-General of Armaments (DGA) on September 22, 2016 awarded the contract for the Future Individual Weapon (AIF) program to a consortium formed by Heckler & Koch France SAS and Heckler & Koch GmbH.
The AIF program seeks to replace the FAMAS assault rifle, whose design dates back to the 1970s. A Europe-wide competition generated five proposals that were short-listed and evaluated by DGA, jointly with the armed forces.
The selected assault rifle is the HK 416 F. This rifle, chambered for the NATO caliber 5.56 mm cartridge, has the ability to fire rifle grenades and can be fitted with a 40 mm grenade launcher to increase its firepower.
This contract helps strengthen the strong ties between Germany and France in the defense, and in particular their arms industry. The weapon can meet the requirements of the three services. The 2015 update of the 2016-19 military program law calls for the delivery of more than 100 000 weapons, accessories, ammunition and various services which include qualification, initial support and user training.
Deliveries are scheduled from 2017 and will be spread over ten years.