A guest post by someone who has been in the French Army detailing the issues surrounding the FAMAS and its eventual replacement. Personally, if I were calling the shots for the French Army, I’d go with the French made AR variant, rather than buying replacements from the Austrians or Germans. It’s kind of amazing how some of the world’s major militaries are fielding assault rifles that are less than stellar. I understand the SA-80 used by her Majesty’s armed forces is less than wonderful, the FAMAS has it’s set of known problems. The Italians field the AR70/90, which I don’t know much about function wise, but it’s a heavy beast at close to 9 lbs, not much lighter than an M1 Garand. The Styer AUG is popular, adopted by several armed forces around the world, but I just don’t think the ergonomics of it have ever looked that great to me (not really a huge fan of bullpups).
For all the faults the AR platform may have, compared to what some other NATO countries are fielding, I’m not sure I’d want to trade.