Peter Simon, H&K executive vice president for programs and government relations, in an interview last week, was cautious in his remarks about the company's downsized fortunes.He
knows offending someone in the military's supply chain could harm H&K's chances of landing a huge contract.
said it has been tough watching the XM8 assault rifle developed by his
company -- and generally applauded by soldiers testing it in the field -- get shot down in the bidding process."I'm disappointed that the program has not proceeded through a procurement stage, and because we have not had the opportunity to compete," said Simon, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.
said the time has come to give troops something better, be it H&K's
XM8 design or someone else's.
"I think that there are a number of manufacturers that have products either in their inventory right now or under development that represent an advancement over the current legacy systems," he
...Heckler & Koch
is working on plans to turn about 5,000 square feet of the distribution center space into a manufacturing facility, Simon
said.The company -- not the military -- still retains the rights to the XM8 design.He
declined to say if H&K
is shopping it around to other potential customers.