JANUARY 14, 2020

GLOCK Awarded Pistol Contract for the French Army

... 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 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.

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 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.

“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.