Germany Cancels Contract With CG Haenel for New Rifles , H&K Claims Patent Infringement


Well that took longer than I expected

Heckler & Koch is suing CG Haenel for alleged Intellectual Property infringement. Consequently, the German government has cancelled the contract in what may well be a case of buyer’s remorse.

Last month, the German Defense Ministry announced a contract award to CG Haenel for 120,000 of the rifles to replace the G36 manufactured by Heckler & Koch.

This sent shockwaves through the small arms industry as H&K had provided rifles for the German Army since the 1950s.


  1. HK is also legally challenging the contract, and this:

    >>>Haenel … is part of a network of companies behind which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stand.
    According to experts from the procurement office, the sheikhs had been working systematically for years to get the big Bundeswehr order.
    From the industry it is said that the sheikhs wanted to build the largest armaments company in the world, for which the order from Germany is “best marketing”.

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