US Army to Spend Big on More Than 3000 German Sniper Rifles

© REUTERS / RALPH ORLOWSKIHK G 36 guns are pictured at a show room of arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch 's company headquarters in Oberndorf, Germany.
HK G 36 guns are pictured at a show room of arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch 's company headquarters in Oberndorf, Germany. - Sputnik International
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The US Army has agreed to pay over $44 million to the German gunmaker Heckler & Koch, to purchase a compact semi-auto sniper weapon, according to an award notice issued April 1.

The contract lists the maximum price as $44.5 million and provides the Army with the option to order up to 3,643 rifles. The Army seeks to replace the M110 with a gun that does not physically resemble a classic sniper rifle, according to an Army Times report.

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The German company's US subsidiary won the sale over seven other bids, enabling it to supplement the Army's 7.62 mm M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System guns with the new gas-operated 7.62mm Heckler & Koch G28, Designated Marksman Rifle. The gun, weighing 12.8 pounds, has a maximum length of 42.6 inches, is 13.4 inches in height, and has a barrel length of 16.6 inches.

Heckler & Koch provided no price data for military-grade firearm sales. However, the G28 Designated Marksman Rifle is based on the MR380, a civilian variant of the Heckler & Koch model 417 rifle. The MR380 price tag in the US market ranges from $3,000 to $4,000.

Currently, only 30 of the new sniper kits have been purchased.

 

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