Now France has simply no alternative to replace aging rifles and has to rely on its European partners. The revival of domestic production seems to make no sense as the manufacturing process takes place in large state concerns, designed for mass production.
According to the web portal, significant investments in the development of new machines logically demand mass sales, but in the case of France they are unlikely, as the needs of domestic security forces will be met in a year or two, and the global market is steadily being flooded by new products anyway.
Therefore, France will have to choose among the weapons produced by companies overseas.
Earlier, the French procurement agency (the DGA) initiated a tender for assault rifles, chambered in 5.56 mm x 45 NATO ammunition.
Last week two finalists were announced: automatic rifle Heckler & Koch HK416 and the Belgian FN SCAR. The final decision is expected to be made by the French military over the course of the month.