On December 6, 2019, the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced the launch of a new assault rifle and a new service pistol for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.
The HOWA 5:56 will replace the currently currently in service Howa Type 89 assault rifle. Ahead of the Ministry of Defense has made a pre-selection and test pattern of the three eligible candidates SCAR-L FN HERSTAL, HK416 by HECKLER & KOCH and HOWA 5:56 by Howa Machinery, procured.
The decision of the Ministry of Defense was made in favor of the HOWA 5:56. 2020 budget of the equivalent of about 8.3 million euros were (3,283 assault rifles) for the procurement of the first batch applied for the financial year.
The SFP HK 9 (generated locally by MinebeaMitsumi) replace the current service pistol SIG 220th Again, a pre-selection was the Ministry of Defense in advance made and samples of the three eligible candidates Glock 17 of GLOCK, SFP 9 of HECKLER & KOCH and APX BERETTA procured.
The decision was finally on the SFP 9. For the procurement of the first batch (323 guns) were applied for the financial year 2020 budget of the equivalent of about 250,000 euros.
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