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An Austrian Assault Weapon Positioned as a Possible Successor of the...

The German defense company Rheinmetall has teamed with Austrian arms manufacturer Steyr Mannlicher to manufacture and market the RS556 - a German version of the 5.56mm x 45 cal. modular assault rifle system based on Steyr's STM556. Rheinmetall positions the weapon as a proposed replacement for the current German military assault rifle - G36 made by Heckler & Koch.

US Army About to Cancel Carbine Replacement

The US Army is likely to cancel a plan to replace its M4 assault rifles with a new carbine. The Army prepared for a selection of three finalists of a major evaluation, before committing over $300 millins for new Carbines over the next five years. It is now likely the Army will opt for the modestly improved M4A1.

European Defense Update – October 23, 2011

Germany Investigates How Qaddafi Obtained H&K G36K Rifles | German Military to Administer Deep Cuts in Manpower, Procurement | French Navy Gets L'Adroit OPV for Three-Year Evaluation | French Aerial Ordnance Maker SAMP Closes Bombs Manufacturing Line

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