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French DGA HK416 Rifles Received and Ordered

HK416F [© French DGA]

The French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has just received the last 1,000 HK416 rifles out of 12,000 due for the year 2022.


Press Release, Paris, 21 December 2022: [auto-translated] The General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) has just received the last 1,000 HK416 rifles out of 12,000 due for the year 2022.

In addition, the DGA has also placed an order for the last 8,660 rifles out of the 12,660 to be ordered in 2022, for an amount of 12.5 million Euros. The first 4,000 were ordered on June 30, 2022. To date, 69,340 rifles have been delivered to the armies. A total of 117,000 rifles will be delivered to armies by 2028, including 94,000 by 2025.

A French fire team from the Régiment de Marche du Tchad armed with HK416F rifles closes on the objective during NATO eFP interoperability training with 1 MERCIAN in Estonia, May 2021 [©Bob Morrison]

The HK416 assault rifle has been selected to gradually replace all FAMAS rifles currently in service in the three armies. The HK416F market was notified to the Heckler & Koch SAS France and Heckler & Koch GmbH consortium by the DGA on September 22, 2016. The first deliveries began in May 2017.

This assault rifle has been designed as a veritable weapon system, compatible with FELIN equipment, scalable and capable of integrating new technologies to come, particularly in the field of day and night optics and aids to the target. With a NATO calibre of 5.56 mm, it has a low-velocity grenade launcher capability. Easy to use, precise, robust and reliable, it is available in two versions:

  • a standard version for infantry units
  • a shorter version for other units.


Shorter barrel HK416F-C carbine ~ fitted here with ACOG sight [© Bob Morrison]
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