i don’t know if the news spread already, but it seems that for the first time since 60 Years we are switching our main manufacturer from H&K to Haenel Defense to build our new rifle for the military.
As most of you guys know, there were some “complaints” about the G36 like problems with heat and inaccuracy. Utter BS if you ask me, the rifle was always shooting the groups that it was intended to. It was designed in the cold war for the european battlefield, not afghanistan with shooting distances north of 500 meters in average. But our government is just too stupid to realise that. So they went on bashing hard against H&K, bad media everywhere. A few years ago the decision was made to organise some trials for a new rifle, where manufacturers like HK, Rheinmetall, SIG, Haenel and i believe a US manufacturer had to compete against each other.
I think the HK 416 and the new HK 433 are far superior compared to the Haenel rifle. A big problem is that Haenel is owned by Merkel (the company, not the chancellor), which is owned by Caracal UAE. Haenel has about 10 employees and should deliver 120.000 rifles within the next two years. WTF? We are making us dependend from the arabs, there are some serious questions about human rights and weapons trafficking too. HK has a remarkable track record, so i guess it was just a political decision to piss off HK big time. Maybe you guys are lucky for the near future, i think HK will move out of germany like Sig Sauer and will be based in the US. God, germany is just a shithole nowadays…