Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces, announced on Monday that the country placed an order for nearly 75,000 Glock 17 9 mm short recoil-operated, locked-breech-automatic pistols from Austrian company Glock for an estimated €44 million.
The contract includes supply of 15,000 night-time aiming systems, 7,000 sound reduction kits and 51 million cartridges.
Glock will team up with e Czech company Sellier and Bellot for ammunition and the American company UTM for training kits.
The new pistols will replace the obsolete PA MAC 50s and PAMAS G1 in service with the French military. While the army will get 80% of the pistols, the French Air Force and Navy will get 10% and 8% of the ordered pistols, respectively.
While the deliveries have already begun, it is scheduled to be completed in 2022, Parly said.
The French forces will receive 12,000 German HK416F rifles and over 2600 Belgian SCAR sniper rifles in this year.
The HK416Fs to be delivered this year is part of France’s $450 million deal for 117,000 of them signed in 2017, to replace the four-decades old FAMAS bullpup rifles in service with the French armed forces. The deal included supply of accompanying accessories, ammunition and services including initial maintenance and user training.
The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (FDI) took place at the Naval Group site of Lorient, located in north-western France, on Thursday. The first of the five warships ordered by the French navy in April 2017 will be delivered in 2023
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