Another batch of Glock-17s reaches French military
French defence procurement agency DGA has received a batch of 15,000 new Glock-17 FR semi-automatic pistols.
Almost 14,600 pistols remain to be delivered by the end of 2022 under a December 2019 contract between the DGA and Glock (supported by ammunition provider Sellieret Bellot and UTM for training kit).
The 9mm Glock-17 FR sidearm weighs 700g with a 4.5-inch barrel and 17-bullet magazine.
The sidearms are being procured under the Military Programming Law 2019-2025, reflecting a broader desire to renew small arms equipment across the French armed forces.
The Glock-17 5th generation FR semi-automatic pistol is gradually replacing the PA MAC 50 and PAMAS G1 in French service.
Some 80% of the Glock-17 FRs are destined for the French Army, with 10% for the French Air and Space Force, 8% for the French Navy and 2% to be kept in reserve or used for miscellaneous purposes, the DGA noted in an 18 March statement.
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