OBERNDORF AM NECKAR, Germany (BulgarianMilitary.com), 26 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Aimpoint AB
Heckler & Koch France SAS announced on 19th July 2018 that the company together with its partner Aimpoint AB has been awarded a contract for supply of CompM5 red dot sights for the new HK416 F French assault rifle, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The agreement was signed with the French Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) on 17th July 2018.
Under the agreement, for a period of 6 years, it will be supplied up to 120,000 CompM5 sights, which will additionally enhance the capabilities of the soldiers of France, who are armed with the innovative HK416 F assault rifle.
The CompM5 sight is the newest solution of Aimpoint AB, which is leading company in reflex sighting technology. It is compact, rugged and lightweight equipped with an AAA battery. Thanks to its optical design the movement of the user’s eye may be followed by the red dot while remaining fixed on target and thus eliminating any need for cantering. The sight is completely submersible (up to 45 m) and is compatible with night vision devices. With its military grade optical lens system, the CompM5 features better light transmission and dot clarity, by making the sight operationally parallax free and providing a crisp, clear dot even under magnification.
The HK416 F features the standard NATO 5.56 mm capability and can fire 40 mm grenades as well. Tests of the rifle were performed at the DGA Bourges test centre in central France.
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The selection of the HK rifle for the purposes of replacement of the Famas weapon for the French services strengthened the “solid ties between Germany and France in defence, and particularly in the arms industry,” the French Defence Ministry commented in a statement when that selection was unveiled in September 2016. The first 400-strong batch of Heckler & Koch HK416 F was received by the Direction Générale de l’Armement on 3rd May 2017.
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