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

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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.

    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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