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Some more info on the Steyr G36 upgrade:
Also go to the comments, as some representative from Corax Defense explains more of the project.
The heat testing results are especially interesting:
Now the decision text by the court of Bundeskartellamt has become public in a sanitized form. From it , the pricing issue as the basis for the decision that HK had won, is as follows:
1) HK and Haenel submitted their bids.
2) Bundeswehr (BAAIN) requested both bidders to reconsider two (sanitized) aspects of the pricing.
3) As a consequence, Haenel modified its bidding price. HK did not.
4) The modified Haenel bid now was the lowest bid. Hanel got the contract.
5) This triggered HK to start the well known patent battle.
The court ruled that by above step 2, Bundeswehr violated the rules. The modified price Haenel submitted in step 3 could therefore not be considered at all.
HK got the contract due to being the lowest bidder. That means, their bid in step 1 must have been lower than the Haenel bid.
Because of Haenel finally being not the lowest bidder, the entire patent issue did not have to be considered by the court.
On the last day of the deadline (24 June) Haenel went to the next higher court.
What a mess... and it hasn't even finished yet!
Steyr continues to promote their G36 upgrade, both for Germany and also with hopes of Spain and Lithuania:
A new, nice rifle would be ideal, but the Steyr G62 kit does look perfectly serviceable / may be a better stopgap option for the next 10-15 years while NGSW and its related technologies sort themselves out and are better understood.
AFAIK Spanish Army is not going to acquire such upgrade. They are satisfied with G36 as it is now.
there are rumors about different polymer compounds used with Spanish and German G36 furniture. Anyways, there is no money for such upgrade
Apparently, germany isn't the only one that has some problems with procurements and the whole H&K 416 patent fiasco. South korean have recently suffered major problem in their procurement programs. the plan to replace their K1 with a new AR15 based rifle was cancelled due to some internal problems. the funny thing is the rifle was said to be heavily based on the HK416 lol. Seems like military procurement is just a mess no matter which country.
Western democracies need to change a lot of aspects of such processes. And European democracies add injuries to the insult under the form of sisiphic certification processes and methastasizing growing of normatives and eurorules. As one engineer friend of mine says, "UAS normatives are being written by the enemy"
Well, the G36 replacement may be stalled, but Germany has decided on an optic, the 1-4x ELCAN. Overall a decent but unspectacular choice.
Raytheon ELCAN, a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary, and LEONARDO Germany, a Leonardo SpA subsidiary, were awarded a contract for 107,929 sights to provide the main combat sight (HKV) for the German Armed Forces.
Any news about HK433? Does it still on development? Really curious about the final design.
Afaik there has been many changes done to the receivers