The French Armed Forces have selected the FN SCAR-H PR semi-automatic precision rifle to replace the FR-F2 rifles that are in its service since the 1980s.
The contract for the procurement of 2,620 SCAR (Special Combat Assault Rifle) rifles was notified by the French defense procurement agency, General Directorate of Armament (DGA) on December 13, 2019. The deliveries are expected to start this year and will be completed by 2022.
The new rifles, attachments and ammunition will be supplied by a group of companies including OIP Sensor Systems (Optics and Precision Instruments), Telefunken-Racoms (optoelectronics), FN Herstal (weapon and telescope) and MEN Defencetec (ammunition).
The new semi-automatic precision rifle (Fusils de précision semi-automatiques, FPSA) will allow precision shooters to French Armed Forces “to maintain superiority over the adversary, day and night, for shots up to a distance of 800 meters”. The caliber of the FPSA rifles will be identical to the FR-F2 (7.62 mm), the FPSA will be equipped with day and night optics.
The FN SCAR-H PR rifle was selected by DGA following a competitive procedure launched in 2018. The test campaign was carried out in 2019 by engineers and technicians from the DGA Technical and Terrestrial Expertise Center in Bourges with the support of soldiers from the Technical Section of the French Army (STAT) in Satory.
Main features of the 7.62mm SCAR-H PR sniper rifle
• Length: 102 cm
• Weight: 6.75 kg in combat order, with magazine fitted with 20 cartridges
• Caliber: 7.62 x 51 mm
• Number of ammunition per magazine: 10 and 20
• Range: 800 meters
• Additional equipment: light intensification and IR (infrared) modules for night shooting or in poor visibility, sound suppressor, transport case, precision ammunition, and armor-piercing ammunition.