Well, well. The German Army has selected the CG Haenel MK556 carbine to replace the G36.
This ends the service’s years long search for a replacement for the the G36 . The program to purchase around 120,000 new rifles began in 2017. The G36 has been in service since 1997 and underwent two upgrades during its service. Apparently neither being very helpful.
The MK556 beat out the new Heckler & Koch 433 developed specifically after the German government told H&K that their existing HK416 was too expensive. Laugh. Out. Loud.
Ready for the rest?
Haenel is part of the Merkel Group, under Tawazun Holding (United Arab Emirates) (Caracal). So the Bundeswehr is essentially getting a lower cost HK416.