In order to achieve new quality in the Lithuanian Armed Forces and ensure provision of modern soldier equipment, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence has concluded an agreement with the German company Heckler & Koch and will provide its troops with pistols SFP9 SF Paddle. These pistols were chosen as the ones that best meet the needs of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
The decision to purchase new pistols for Lithuanian troops was made in order to abandon using different calibre pistols and change over to the use of uniform calibre 9×19 mm pistol ammunition, leaving still usable ones for reserve and replacing weapons that are running out of resources.
The value of the concluded agreement totals to about 1.57 million euros. The agreement also provides for the possibility of purchasing additional pistols if necessary. It also includes training of personnel to operate the newly acquired weapons.
According to the agreement, the new pistols will be delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces by the end of 2021.
The German manufacturer Heckler & Koch’s pistols SFP9 SF Paddle were selected from models of thirteen manufacturers as the most suitable for the needs of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The process of selecting a pistol model also included test firing in various conditions – the firing was performed in shooting ranges of different types, in the tactical field and intervention building.
Currently, the Lithuanian Armed Forces is using Austrian GLOCK 17, American COLT 1911, and Czech ČZ75 pistols, most of which are already running out of resources.
The modernization of the Lithuanian Armed Forces armament and infrastructure is the top priority of the national defence system. After reaching, for the first time since the restoration of independence, the minimum 2% GDP financing provided for in the commitments to NATO, very important projects were launched: acquisition of infantry fighting vehicles, armoured combat support vehicles, installation of modern artillery systems, enhancement of airspace surveillance and air defence capabilities, renewal of military armament and equipment.
Countless ideas, decades of know-how and sophisticated solutions tested and proven under the most rigorous conditions worldwide are the foundation of Heckler & Koch’s pioneering weapon technologies. Ever since this traditional German company based in the Suebian town of Oberndorf was established in 1949, its value-added share has been 100 percent. High-Tech Made in Germany!
In addition to the worldwide tried and proven rifle families G36, HK416 and HK417, the HK433 has now been added to the product portfolio of the company as the fourth scalable assault rifle family. This completely new development emphasizes once again Heckler & Koch’s claim to build the world’s best assault rifles. By supplying France (HK416AIF), Germany (G36), USA (US Marine Corps M27/HK416), United Kingdom (SA80), Norway (HK416), Spain (G36) and Lithuania (G36) with standard assault rifle weaponry, Heckler & Koch has become a global weapon outfitter of many armies and armed forces of the NATO. Many special forces of the Western World – including the US Special Forces, the «Kommando Spezialräfte (KSK)» of the German Armed Forces, and special governmental forces (for example, GSG9) – rely on assault rifles from Oberndorf.
The HK433 is a modular assault rifle with a basic caliber of 5.56 × 45 mm, which combines the strengths and excellent characteristics of the G36 and HK416 assault rifles. Further calibers such as the 7.62-mm NATO (HK231), .300 Blackoout and 7.62 × 39 mm Kalashnikov (HK123) are included in the concept and thus form the basis of a weapons family. The HK433 was developed to meet the ever more complex challenges of asymmetric conflicts within the broad operational spectrum of infantry and specialized armed forces. The HK433 gives these forces full operability and operational safety. This is true under all climatic conditions and combat situations and combat intensities with intuitive handling, combined with maximum modularity, precision and weapon safety.
The HK433 is an indirect impingement short-stroke gas piston system with a locked form-optimized rotating bolt. The upper receiver made of high-strength aluminum has a continuous precise NATO-STANAG 4694 sight rail. At maximum length and low sight height, any commercially available sight units and night vision sights can be mounted. In addition to that, the receiver has a built-in maintenance-free round counter. The weapons data can be trans-mitted and archived wireless. The integrated G36 bolt guide of the upper receiver guarantees a constantly high functional safety and reliability of the weapon. The bolt design is based on that of the G36, except that it is equipped with a firing pin safety and self-lubricating sliding elements.
The lateral closely fitting, stationary charging handle can be converted without tools and can thus be operated from both sides. Moreover, it has an integrated forward assistance to chamber a cartridge silently. Whilst firing, the charging handle remains in its position. On the one hand, this increases the safety of the shooter in stressful situations and, on the other, it provides him with unrestricted holding and firing options. The ergonomically optimum positioning of the charging handle allows you to keep the weapon in the target while cocking the weapon.
The HK433 gives the shooter six different barrel length options, allowing him to adjust the weapon to the particular operational need. To this end, Heckler & Koch is offering barrel lengths of 11″, 12.5″, 14.5″, 16.5″, 18.9″ and 20″. All barrels can be replaced at the operators or maintenance level.
The barrels are cold forged, tempered and hard-chrome plated on the inside. The service life of the Heckler & Koch weapon barrels, which is already setting new standards, has once again been clearly increased through further optimization measures. As standard, the barrels are equipped with a further-developed and toolless adjustable gas port for sound suppressor operation and an interface for the 40-mm grenade launcher HK269 and the GLM/GLMA1. A front sight interface and bayonet holder can be mounted on the barrels as an option.
The Slim Line handguard developed by Heckler & Koch is positive-locking and connected to the upper receiver free of backlash. It can be removed without a tool and offers carrying sling fixing points, modular HKey interfaces on 3 and 9 o’clock as well as a continuous MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail on 6 o’clock.
The replaceable lower receiver defines the desired operating concept, thus reducing the training expenses for the shooter. Depending on the shooting training, the shooter can choose between a G36 and an HK416/AR-15 operating concept. All operating elements are attached on both sides, arranged symmetrically and can be customized. «Drop-in» solutions of the lower receiver extend the range of functions of the weapon with respect to match triggers or trigger assembly combinations. The magazine well according to NATO STANAG 4179 (draft) ensures interoperability of the G36 weapon systems with the HK conversion magazine well, the HK416, and the commercially available AR-15 platforms. The grip interface is designed similar to the HK416 weapons family. Due to pistol grips with exchangeable grip shells and back straps similar to the P30 and SFP/VP series the rifle provides maximum adaptability to different hand sizes.
The ergonomically foldable and length-adjustable buttstock with height-adjustable cheek rest is free of backlash and connected to the receiver. The length adjustment has five locking positions, allowing it to be adjusted dynamically to the personal protective gear of the operator. Straight, convex or concave buttstock caps provide the necessary comfort of the weapon in the firing position. Moreover, the buttstock can be folded to the right in each locking position. This achieves extremely compact transport dimensions.
Even though, the trigger always remains freely accessible. The case ejection port is not covered, ensuring the ability of function also in an emergency in the transport condition.
Apart from maximum reliability, H&K weapons also excel with their standard-setting safety standard. Thus, it goes without saying that the HK433 is equipped with barrel obstruction capability, drop safety (NATO AC225/D14), allows cocking in all safety positions and has a high «cook-off» as well as a robust and insensitive design when becoming dirty, at extremely cold and hot temperatures or in the event of lack of oxygen.
Camouflage colors and infrared-absorbing coatings are available upon request.
Special material combinations and surface finishes round off the overall concept of the HK433. They provide a low-maintenance system under extreme conditions in combination with a high service life above average.
The weight of the pure weapon of the HK433 at a barrel length of 16.5″ is approximately 7.7 lbs/3.5 kg.
Heckler & Koch Defense Inc. was awarded a contract worth up to $44.5 million from the U.S. Army for a new compact sniper rifle. The Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) will provide the service with a small, lightweight, highly accurate weapon, addressing a critical need to replace older and heavier rifles currently in use.
Under terms of the award, HK Defense will produce up to 3,643 rifles. The new HK rifle is a lightweight variant of the 7.62-mm G28 in use by the German Army. The HK CSASS capitalizes on the proven G28 and HK417 designs, meeting the U.S. Army’s requirements for accuracy, reliability, size, and weight. Heckler & Koch will also provide spare parts, support, and training to the U.S. Army.
«This award represents another significant achievement for Heckler & Koch», said Wayne Weber, President of Heckler & Koch USA. «The HK CSASS rifle is a substantial upgrade over the U.S. Army’s current sniper rifles, enhancing accuracy and reliability while providing for a handier, more compact arm. It also confirms Heckler & Koch as a leader in providing small arms to the U.S. military».
According to Daniel Wasserbly, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly correspondent, the CSASS will more effectively execute a broad spectrum of missions than the current M110. The CSASS will provide the following upgrades: improved reliability, improved accuracy, and improved ergonomics; reduced weight and length; advanced coatings; improved optics; reduced felt recoil; enhanced suppressor performance; enhanced modular rail capabilities; an improved bipod, trigger, pistol grip, and butt-stock.
7.62-mm × 51 NATO
Modes of fire
Semi Auto Only *
Barrel length **/configuration
420 mm (16.5“)/Hammer forged, chrome plated
NATO 305 mm/12“
ca. 25-28 N
Muzzle velocity/energy ***
ca. 780 m/s – 3000 J
Functional and ballistic compatibility
NATO standard rounds AB22 (FMJ)/AB24 (Tracer)/Selected accuracy rounds with bullet weights up to 12.3 g (190 gr) ****
Gas regulation for suppressor use
Two stage design (suppressed/unsuppressed)
STANAG 4694 (NATO Accessory Rail) *****
HK ACCURACY TESTING PROCEDURE AND TECHNICAL TERMS OF DELIVERY
Accuracy Rounds (OTM/HPBT/Sierra Match King)
No. of rounds
Bullet hole centre to bullet hole centre
< 45 mm (ca. 1.5 MOA) – Guaranteed with every G28 rifle
SIGHTS & ACCESSORIES – HK RECOMMENDATIONS
Telescopic sight up to 800 m
Schmidt & Bender PMII 3-20 × 50/DMR reticle according to international Mildot standard/Full reticle illumination/Laserfilter DIN-EN 207-L4/paralax compensation
Telescopic sight up to 600 m
Schmidt & Bender PMII 1-8 × 24/DMR reticle according to international Mildot standard/Full reticle illumination/Laserfilter DIN-EN 207-L4/Combined red dot and reticle illumination
Red dot sight
Aimpoint Micro T1
Laser light module
Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics LLM-225
Night vision sight
Qioptiq Merlin Long Range
L3-Insight CNVD-T3 ******
Laser Range Finder
Height of sight radius
ca. 38 mm
Peli 1770-010-195E01 NF / CARAMELC010286
* No full auto conversion option
** Other barrel lengths in preparation
*** With NATO standard round AB22 – M80
**** No general functional guarantee for non-NATO standardised rounds; HK recommendation: functional and ballistic customer acceptance test with the G28 at ammunition manufacturers
***** Full backward compatibility with MIL-STD-1913 rail