Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Report: Germany Halts Army Rifle Orders Over Accuracy Fears

Jun. 22, 2014 - 11:55AM   |  
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE   |   Comments
French soldiers carry German G36 guns in 2010 in Afghanistan.
French soldiers carry German G36 guns in 2010 in Afghanistan. (Joel Saget / AFP)
  • Filed Under

BERLIN — Germany’s defense ministry has temporarily halted new orders of its military’s standard assault rifle while it probes complaints the weapon doesn’t shoot straight, a news report said Sunday.

German troops in Afghanistan in recent years voiced concerns over the G36 automatic rifle made by Heckler & Koch, saying it became inaccurate when its barrel heated up in prolonged firefights.

The military initially blamed the use of unsuitable munitions, but the government auditing body the Bundesrechnungshof has now ordered a new investigation, reported the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

“It is important to avoid that the defense ministry invests up to €34 million ($46 million) in a rifle that may not meet the requirements of the troops,” the court was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The new investigation into the accuracy of the rifle involves Germany’s federal criminal police, ammunition makers and ballistics experts at a scientific institute, the report said.

More In World News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

Subscribe!

Subscribe!

Login to This Week's Digital Edition

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Exclusive Events Coverage

In-depth news and multimedia coverage of industry trade shows and conferences.

TRADE SHOWS:

CONFERENCES:

Defensenews TV

  • Sign-up to receive weekly email updates about Vago's guests and the topics they will discuss.