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German Armed Forces Orders New STEYR GL 40 Grenade Launchers

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German Armed Forces Orders New STEYR GL 40 Grenade Launchers

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German Armed Forces Orders New STEYR GL 40 Grenade Launchers
German Armed Forces Orders New STEYR GL 40 Grenade Launchers

STEYR ARMS, Austria’s leading firearms manufacturer with a history dating back to 1864, is pleased to announce its successful bid in the competitive tender process to supply the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) with its advanced GL-40 grenade launcher system. This marks the successful participation in a Bundeswehr tender, and its GL-40 launcher has been chosen over strong competition from other industry leaders. The GL-40 boasts exceptional robustness and precision. Its versatility allows it to be used both as an attachment and as a stand-alone device, meeting the diverse operational needs of the Bundeswehr. The early prototypes of the GL-40 module were indeed showcased multiple times in the past years, but the model seen at the EUROSATORY 2014 defense expo appears to be the definitive, production-grade version of the design.

“We are honoured to be selected by the German Bundeswehr for this important contract. Our GL-40 grenade launcher reflects our commitment to innovation, quality, and reliability, values that resonate with military and law enforcement agencies worldwide,” said a spokesperson for STEYR ARMS.

GL-40 Grenade Launcher
GL-40 Grenade Launcher. (Photo by STEYR ARMS)

Developed by STEYR ARMS the STEYR GL 40 is a robust steel 40mm low and medium velocity grenade launcher for all NATO standard 40mm low-velocity ammunition (40x46mm-SR). Due to it’s design and various mounting options it can be used as an under barrel launcher for the STEYR AUG or various other assault rifle. The STEYR GL 40 is also available as a stand alone grenade launcher with an ergonomic adjustable stock. It is available either with a Steyr designed quick attach mount or a mount for picatinny rail (Mil. Std. 1913). Entirely manufactured out of metal, the GL-40 sports a milled construction, and is just slightly heavier than 1Kg. All its versions; the launcher itself is also extremely short, standing at 27 centimetres overall, and comes with a double-action-only trigger. Thanks to the safe and easy sideloading breech configuration all types of 40 mm grenades can be used.

STEYR ARMS is a firearms manufacturer based in Sankt Peter in der Au, Austria. Originally part of Steyr-Daimler-Puch, it became independent when the conglomerate was broken up in 1989. Prior to 1 January 2019, the company was named Steyr Mannlicher AG. The company has been at the forefront of firearms manufacturing for over 160 years, producing a wide range of firearms for military, law enforcement, hunting, and sports shooting applications. Known for its innovation, precision, and reliability, STEYR ARMS continues to set industry standards with its high- quality products. With a “one-stop shop” philosophy, STEYR ARMS offers a comprehensive product and service range tailored to meet the diverse needs of its government and civilian customers. The company maintains a high level of manufacturing depth and collaborates with local partners to ensure supply chain security and quality.

GL-40 Grenade Launcher. (Photo by STEYR ARMS)
GL-40 Grenade Launcher. (Photo by STEYR ARMS)

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