New sidearm for the Dutch police

Minister of Security and Justice Opstelten has announced the intention to award the contract for a new sidearm for the Dutch police. The tendering procedure showed that the Walther P99Q sidearm of the Carl Walther GmbH firm was the best option. The new tendering procedure was necessary as the agreement with the previous winner, the SIG-Sauer firm, was terminated in November 2011.

After expiry of the time limit for objections of two weeks, the intention to award the contract can be converted into a final award. The acquisition of the necessary new holster and cartridge clip holder will be started simultaneously so that in May 2013 a start can be made on training all investigating officers of the police, the Special Investigation Services and the special investigating officers who carry a firearm. The entire re-training operation is expected to be completed in December 2014. 

The new firearm will replace the Walther P5 that has been used by the Dutch police since 1979. The police forces have reserved an amount of € 500 per firearm to replace the current duty weapon. The price of the new duty weapon fits in this budget.