Bundeswehr chooses Haenel MK556 as New Rifle

It appears everywhere on the net. Finaly the German Army has chosen Haenel weapon rather than HK 433. It seems it outperformed HK weapon in every aspect.

Let´s see what happens now with Spanish Army. The G36 they use is made in Spain under licence from HK and it shows “local” manufacture differences with the german version. A speaker of Spanish Army said that due to those differences Spanish G36 presented no malfunction, but I think he was lying through his teeth. The truth is, generally speaking, Bundeswehr leads the way and Spanish Army follows. (Leopard 2A6E MBT and Eurocopter Tiger helicopter being a couple examples).

Edited: don´t know if this is a wrong forum. If so, please some moderator put it into General Discussions forum.


Bad news for H&K. This will be an package of 120.000 new Rifles for about 250 Million Euro. Haenel supplies already a sniper rifle for the Bundeswehr. I think SIG had been a good partner too.

It may be very, very childish, but the MK556 is a cheap price weapon. it is even cheaper than HK 433, so it could well be purchased by military private companies to provide their contractors with it. It seems like we have already two 1/6th HK433 on their way by E&S and General´s Armoury and I cannot but to think if Easy&Simple or any other brand would release a light folliage green and a sand and a black colours HK556 weapon sets we could make excellent PMC kitbashes. The MK566 is a very pretty rifle. I am afraid we will have to wait for much more for a new German grunt (and the only one I can remember now any brand took the burden to release is old Armoury´s German Para) with it. If any brand ever releases one.

I wonder if KSK will stick to their 416s…
H&K apparently considers legal action against the decision, which might delay procurement for some time.

MK556 is looks very similar to AR-15 platform, from my (Generals Armoury) perspective, not financially feasible to create the molds for it just for 1 or 2 German Grunt figures. There are already people complaining about how everything looks so similar, multicam figures running around with AR-15 styled rifles with different flags thats all :rofl:

Visually, it’s a downside, but seems like that science and experience is now weeding out all the interesting things like bullpub, G36/Famas/QBZ-95 style rifles with this charging handle being located in between the barrel and top rail. Even the new Norinco QBZ-19 looks like an AR-15.
Last man standing for the bullpub seems to be the L85 and AUG A3. The other rest would be SCARs and AKs. HK433 and Masada I would picture as a kind of AR-15 as well.

It is completly understandable for a manufacture not to make every new weapon or weapons from a very specific theme or unit when the sales of figures or weapon sets are not worth it.
Most of the western armies are using weapons with the typically loading and operating mechanism of an AR15. So it is much easier if they get a new weapon with nearly the same working / loading system. The cost of weapon training and the procurement of the spare parts will cost the Bundenwehr more money than an upgrage of the G36 or the use of the HK416 which is already in use by the KSK. The MK556 will be more different than the G36. The time will see if they will choose Haenel or a different company for the new weapon system. It is now not a completly save Deal for Haenel.