GLOCK Awarded Pistol Contract for the French Army
GLOCK announce on January 14, 2020, that they were awarded a contract 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 new French GLOCK is a G17 Gen5 featuring a coyote frame with a black slide and front serrations, luminescent U-shaped sights and extended slide lock.
The G17Gen5 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.
Decades-old PA MAS G1 S (bottom) and PA MAC50 (top) pistols are being replaced by the new GLOCK 17 Gen5.
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 under went 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 GLOCK pistols under went stringent testing by the French STAT (Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre) to make sure the selected pistols fit their high standard military requirement.
The tender was launched in early March 2019 where the tender size was announced and possible candidates were 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 assess both the reliability and user friendliness of the offered pistols and accessories, in particular with a minimum expected lifetime of 26,350 rounds.
PA MAC 50 (Pistolet Automatique – Automatic pistol) is a standard semi-automatic pistol (also known as the MAS 50) used by the Foreign Legion. It had been produced initially by Manufacture d’Armes de Chatellerault (MAC), thereafter by Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS). The PA MAC 50 had been using in the French Army since 1950. It has been replacing by the PA MAS G1 since 2000.
“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.