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Back in 2018, the German military began their search for a new rifle and optic to replace the G36 platform. There might be some dispute between Heckler & Koch and Haenel on who won the rifle contract but, now we know who won the optic wars. Recently, the Leonardo Germany GmbH announced that their ELCAN Specter DR 1-4x was selected as the next optic by the Germany military. Leonardo Germany will be producing 100,000 ELCAN Specters for the Germany military over the next few years.

Leonardo Germany has officially signed the contract with the Bundeswher’s office of Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support to provide 107,929 ELCAN Specter DR 1-4x to the Germany military. The Germany military will start receiving deliveries of their Specters in third quarter of 2021. The ELCAN Specter is currently in use by the Australian, British, and Norwegian armies.

Below, is the press release from Leonardo Germany GmbH in regards to the German military contract.

Press Release

Leonardo, through its subsidiary Leonardo Germany GmbH, has signed a framework agreement with the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) for the supply of up to 107,929 daylight optics for use on both current and new Bundeswehr assault rifles.

Leonardo will deliver ELCAN Specter® DR 1-4x sights adapted to the requirements of the Bundeswehr. The specific adaptations refer to a modified reticle and a housing with an integrated Picatinny rail. The most important design change is the ability to operate the switching mechanism from 1x to 4x magnification on both sides of the new sight for assault rifles, while retaining the compact design and robustness of the optic.
First deliveries of the sight will take place in the third quarter of 2021.

Leonardo is pleased to equip and support the German Armed Forces with the ELCAN Specter® DR 1-4 x daylight optics, which are already successfully in service with various NATO nations. For the German subsidiary, the recently signed agreement with the Bundeswehr represents an important push for its soldier systems sector. The product portfolio for this business unit includes innovative laser systems, night vision and thermal imaging technology, which are already being used by military and special forces in Germany and NATO.

The new daylight optics for the Bundeswehr, the ELCAN Specter® DR 1-4x, represents a vital component of an entire optronic system for infantry missions.

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