The Spanish Civil Guard recently issued a tender for the purchase of a minimum of 7,050 assault rifles, valued at about 12 million euros, for use in various units. Delivery is expected between January 2022 and December 2024.
The Civil Guard is an armed police force dealing with internal security, border protection and maintaining order that also functions as a national intervention force. The guard is the counterpart of the French gendarmerie and Italian carabinieri, and a member of the European gendarmerie.
The Infodefensa website reported that according to the tender, the rifle must be 5.56x45 mm caliber and compatible with NATO standard ammunition; be able to function as a long-range semi-automatic or automatic weapon; and be designed for accurate shooting by both right- and left-handed users, with a minimum effective range of 300 meters. Each rifle should come with three magazines, a carrying handle, a case with cleaning tools, a mask and a rifle manual, the report said.
The website noted that the last tender for rifles with the same characteristics was canceled eleven months ago, at the end of February 2020. At that time, the budget was more than 14 million euros, with two companies, Heckler & Koch and Steyr Arms, involved in the bidding. Heckler & Koch asked to withdraw due to an error, and the other company was excluded due to a delay in submitting the bid as well as to errors in the documentation. In November, Israel Defense reported that the Civil Guard, through the military, purchased 630 5.56x45mm caliber HK G36 assault rifles, at a cost of over one million euros, for its units on peacekeeping missions abroad.