Norway to procure Heckler & Koch HK416 assault rifles

11 January 2019 (Last Updated February 19th, 2020 13:33)

The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency has awarded a contract to German defence manufacturing company Heckler & Koch for the delivery of HK416 assault rifle sets.

Norway to procure Heckler & Koch HK416 assault rifles
Norwegian soldier in Faryab province, Afghanistan, armed with an HK416 rifle. Credit: PRT Meymaneh.

The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency has awarded a contract to German defence manufacturing company Heckler & Koch for the delivery of HK416 assault rifle sets.

The HK416 modular assault rifle platform was first adopted by the Norwegian Armed Forces in 2017. The weapon replaced the AG3 rifle used by the armed forces.

With 5.56 x 45mm calibre, the 781-933mm long HK416 rifle has a magazine capacity of 30,880m/s muzzle velocity and a rate of fire of 700-900 shots per minute.

It is used by soldiers from all divisions of the Norwegian Armed Forces. Featuring a red dot sight and a flashlight, the rifle can be installed on Nato rails.

The contract has an overall value of nearly €22m and a period of performance of more than 36 months. Deliveries under the order will start this year.

“Specifically created for the German Armed Forces, the lightweight G36 weapon is suitable for use by dismounted infantry and single fire in long-range combat.”

Designed for military users and law enforcement, the HK416 can be customised according to customer and mission requirements without having to reduce its accuracy and handling safety.

Several European armies such as Germany, France, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia and the UK have been equipped with a standard assault rifle by Heckler & Koch.

Some of the rifle variants deployed by the aforementioned users are G36, HK416AIF and SA80 A2/A3, in addition to HK416.

Specifically created for the German Armed Forces, the lightweight G36 weapon is suitable for use by dismounted infantry and single fire in long-range combat.

Furthermore, one or more Heckler & Koch-manufactured weapon models are also used by many military and police commando units.