Firearms Tradition and Technological Innovation

FN Herstal

Belgium-based FN Herstal has a long history of weapon manufacturing excellence dating back to 1889. The company has always focused on innovation and product improvement, resulting in the design, development, production and marketing of a large number of state-of-the-art weapons and associated products.

This accounts for FN Herstal establishing in the last 50 years a position of worldwide leadership in the small arms markets.

Firearms designed for military and law enforcement use

FN Herstal is known as a premium partner and provides military and law enforcement, as well as Special Forces operators, with a complete product range that includes:

  • Portable firearms such as the FN Five-seveN® handgun, FN P90® submachine gun, FN SCAR® family of assault and precision rifles, FN MINIMI® 5.56 and 7.62 light machine guns, FN MAG® general purpose machine gun and FN® M2HB-QCB heavy machine gun
  • Less lethal devices such as the carbine-size FN 303 or holster-size FN 303 P
  • FN® e-novation range including the new FN FCU Mk3 Fire Control System and FN SmartCore® shot counter for FN SCAR® rifles or FN MINIMI® light machine guns and dedicated software for small arms management
  • Integrated weapon systems for airborne applications such as pintle mounted and podded systems
  • Integrated weapon systems for land and sea applications including the lightweight, compact and highly efficient Medium Vehicle Pintle (MVP)
  • Integrated remote weapon stations including the deFNder Light and the deFNder Medium
  • A full range of small caliber ammunition

Highly adaptable modular rifle platforms

The SCAR ®-L assault rifle and the SCAR ®-H assault rifle are both available with two different barrel lengths optimised for conducting operations in close quarters combat or standard infantry roles. All SCAR ® barrels can be easily interchanged by the operator in just minutes to instantly meet the requirements of virtually any mission.

The FN40GL ® grenade launcher quickly mounts under the barrel of either SCAR ® platform, providing additional capability to the soldier's firepower, and can be used as a stand-alone weapon as well.

FN Herstal portfolio also includes two models of precision rifles, i.e. FN SCAR®-H PR (foldable buttstock) and FN SCAR®-H TPR (fixed, sniper-type buttstock; T stands for Tactical).

Commonality of training and components throughout SCAR ® family significantly simplifies, and reduces costs for, operator training and maintenance.

The FN® FCU Mk3 Fire Control System for precision targeting

The FN® FCU Mk3 Fire Control Unit ensures immediate target neutralisation in day or night conditions when firing 40mm tube-launched grenades. The FN FCU features an ergonomic and ambidextrous design, and is very easy to use. The FN FCU consists of:

  • Laser range finder (LRF): calculates the distance between the shooter and the target
  • Clinometer: measures the difference in elevation / depression between the target and the shooter
  • Ballistic computer: calculates the angle of launch required
  • Moving red reticle sight: gives the correct aiming point
  • Weapon cant indicator: indicates when weapon realignment is required

The deFNder Medium for military vehicle defence

The deFNder Medium has been designed to fulfil the force protection mission through fire support and self-defence when mounted onto any vehicle.

The deFNder Medium provides the best ratio depression / elevation range (-40°; 70°) versus height (633mm). The deFNder Medium is the only remote weapon station capable of integrating the exclusive FN Herstal M3P machine gun, which has a unique firing rate of 1,100 rounds per minute.

Contact Details

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33-B 4040 Herstal
+32 4 240 81 11
+32 4 240 86 79

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