Sunday, July 21, 2024

Luxembourg army to receive new assault rifles

Famed German gun maker Heckler & Koch has confirmed that Luxembourg will equip its armed forces with new assault rifles.

As noted by the company, on 18 April 2023, the Luxembourg army commissioned Heckler & Koch to supply the future standard assault rifle to its armed forces.

In advance of the contract, Heckler & Koch was able to clearly win an intensive comparative test against a well-known European competitor. For about 8.4 million Euros, the army of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will receive an HK416 A7 assault rifle variant in 5.56 mm x 45 NATO caliber in two different barrel lengths – 11 and 14.5 inches.

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The defense package is completed by 40 mm HK269 grenade launcher modules as well as HK417 A2 assault rifles in the NATO caliber 7.62 mm X 51. With this decision, the Luxembourg alliance partner is parting with its Steyr AUG used up to now and, with the HK416, the Luxembourg army is relying on a mission-proven quality product from Heckler & Koch for its soldiers, which is widely used in NATO.

The delivery of the new standard weapon to the Grand Duchy will take place within a year and is scheduled for completion in 2024.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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