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First shooting tests of new HK416F 5.56mm assault rifle by French Army soldiers.
First French Army soldiers performed shooting tests with the HK416F 5.56mm assault rifle manufactured by the German Company Heckler & Koch (HK) that will replace the old FAMAS bullpup assault rifles in service with the French Armed Forces since 1979. According to the French Ministry of Defense 93,080 pieces of Heckler & Koch 416F will be delivered between 2017 and 2028.
     
First French Army soldiers performed shooting tests with the HK416F 5.56mm assault rifle manufactured by the German Company Heckler & Koch (HK) that will replace the old FAMAS bullpup assault rifles in service with the French Armed Forces since 1979. According to the French Ministry of Defense 93,080 pieces of Heckler & Koch 416F will be delivered between 2017 and 2028. A French soldier performs first shooting tests with HK416F, the future standard assault rifle of French Army. (Source French Army)
     
In September 2016, it was announced the selection of the German-made HK416 to replace the FAMAS as new French Army standard assault rifle. France's military programming law (LPM), calls for the delivery of 102,000 new service rifles by 2019.
 
The HK416F will be delivered in two variants, long barrel for combat units and short barrel for the other units for the French army , air and naval forces. Some of the HK416F will be fitted with a 40mm grenade launcher HK269F mounted under the handguard also manufactured by HK.
 
The HK416F is based on the standard HK416 featuring some specific accessories requested by the French army procurement agency. According pictures from the French army, optics and sights from the FAMAS will be used on the HK416F. it will be fitted with all the components of the FAMAS Felin including the communication systems and the night vision capability.
     
Some of the HK416F will be fitted with a 40mm grenade launcher HK269F mounted under the handguard also manufactured by HK. Some of French Army HK416F will be fitted with HK269F 40mm grenade launcher.
     

The HK416F uses the technology of the American-made AR15 5.56mm assault rifle , an improvement based on the Colt M4 Carbine.

According the first shooting tests performed by French soldiers, the HK416H is robustness. it's very easy to adjust the weapon to the shooter's shoulder thanks to the HK-designed 5-position buttstock. The front of the HK416F is fitted with a vertical foregrip and a bipod mounted on Pictanny rail under the handguard.

"After the first shooting, I feel the good performances of the HK416F", said a French soldier. " The excellent sensation felt is confirmed, especially during the burst shooting.", he added.

The HK416F has a rate of fire of 850 rounds/min, slower than the FAMAS ( 1,100 rds/min) offering better control of the weapon in burst shot.
     
First French Army soldiers performed shooting tests with the HK416F 5.56mm assault rifle manufactured by the German Company Heckler & Koch (HK) that will replace the old FAMAS bullpup assault rifles in service with the French Armed Forces since 1979. According to the French Ministry of Defense 93,080 pieces of Heckler & Koch 416F will be delivered between 2017 and 2028.
 

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