GLOCK is Awarded Pistol Contract for the French Army
SMYRNA, Ga. – (ArmsVault) – GLOCK GMBH is proud to announce their recent success, as a result of a contract awarded by the French Armament General Directorate (Direction générale de l’armement – DGA) to re-equip the entire French Army with its new G17 Gen5 and multiple accessories, as their new standard handgun.
The G17 Gen5 featuring a coyote frame with a black slide and front serrations, luminescent U-shaped sights and extended slide lock replace decades old PA MAS G1 S and PA MAC50 pistols.
The contract over the next three years includes over 75.000 pistols, holsters, magazine pouches, suppressors, several types of ammunition and protective cases. The offered pistols underwent stringent testing by the French STAT (Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre) under the supervision of the DGA, to make sure the selected pistols and holsters fit their high standard military requirements due to the high operational employment of the French forces.
The tender was launched in early March 2019 where the tender size was announced and possible candidates where asked to hand in their profiles.
The French DGA selected a number of all possible candidates to proceed to the following phase.
The try-outs were composed of a series of stringent tests to asses both the reliability and user- friendliness of the offered pistols and accessories, in particular with a minimum expected lifetime of 26,350 rounds.
“This award follows several Armies in Europe and throughout the World. The importance of the program is underlined by the fact that it will equip all French troops both regular but also special operations with GLOCK pistols. We are very proud and honored to deliver our high-quality Safe Action pistols, as well as excellent and reliable accessories to the French military.” Declares Richard Flür, International Sales Director at GLOCK.
Throughout this great challenge, GLOCK GmbH is accompanied by “Armurerie de la Bourse”, GLOCK’s partner for the military market in France.
The first G17 Gen5 pistols and accessories are to be distributed to the French troops within the first months of 2020.
About GLOCK, Inc.
GLOCK is a leading global manufacturer of firearms. The simple, safe design of GLOCK’s polymer-based pistols revolutionized the firearms industry and made GLOCK pistols a favorite of military and law enforcement agencies worldwide and among pistol owners. In 2020, GLOCK celebrates its 34th Anniversary in the United States. Renowned for featuring three safeties, GLOCK pistols offer users of every lifestyle confidence they can rely on. GLOCK, Inc. is based in Smyrna, Georgia. For more information, please visit us.glock.com.