FN Herstal will be exhibiting its firearms and state-of-the-art technology at the LAAD Defense and Security Exhibition 2015.
The event is being held in Brazil between 14-17 April.
For 125 years, FN Herstal has provided generations of military, special forces and law enforcement agencies with firearms that give them a clear
advantage in any engagement. This proud tradition is set to continue long into the future.
Designed in the final years of World War I, the legendary Browning .50 cal (12.7mm) heavy machine gun (HMG) continues to be regarded as one of the finest firearms ever made.
Famous small arms innovator John Moses Browning worked closely with FN Herstal, which has produced many different models of the weapon since the 1930s, with a simple but most welcome modification in the 1980s; a Quick Change Barrel (QCB). This enables soldiers to quickly, easily, and safely change the barrel without assistance, providing them with better protection in the heat of battle.
Any in service M2HB machine gun, of FN Herstal or US origin, can be converted by an armourer to feature the FN QCB™. The FN QCB™ configuration’s durability also reinforces FN Herstal’s reputation for reliability and effectiveness in everything it develops. Tens of thousands of the FN QCB™ configuration are in service around the world today.
Another legendary firearm on display will be the 7.62x51mm FN MAG® General
Purpose Machine Gun (GMPG), originally designed and manufactured by FN Herstal. Since it was first adopted in 1958, the FN MAGR has been used by more than 230,000 units in excess of 90 countries around the globe, including a vast majority of countries in Latin and South America, USA, UK, and France to name just a few.
It continues to set the standard for 7.62x51mm NATO calibre GPMGs for accuracy, reliability, and durability.
While deployed under many different names (e.g. MAG58, M240, L7A2, C6, Ksp58) and
different configurations, the FN MAGR is regarded as the general purpose machine gun of choice for armed forces worldwide. It is also now available with a polymer buttstock for
fast and efficient NBC decontamination, integrated top rail and optional side rails for add-on accessories.
At LAAD 2015 FN Herstal will also be showcasing the latest enhancements for its
FN MINIMI® Light Machine Gun (LMG). This was first available in 5.56 cal in the early 1980s
and in 7.62 cal since mid 2000s.
The dominant LMG has continued to evolve, largely due to its heavy use by both US and Nato forces in the first Gulf War, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq.
Based on real world feedback from actual combat experience, rather than tests on a firing range, FN Herstal has perfected the FN MINIMIR’s ergonomic shape and use with accessories that further enhance its functionality to meet the latest operational demands.
In addition to its firearms, attendees at LAAD will be able to see FN Herstal’s FN 303® Less Lethal system. This provides law enforcement and security agencies with the means to control threats without lethal force.
The FN 303R system features a less lethal launcher and dedicated projectile for reduced risk of injury and / or collateral damage.
With no minimum safety distance and a range of up to 50m, the FN 303R is one of the most proven and safe situation control system in the world.
At LAAD 2015, FN Herstal will also have on display:
- The FN SCAR® family of 5.56 and 7.62 assault rifles, with optional underslung or stand-alone 40mm grenade launchers, and 7.62 precision rifles
- Podded and pintle-mounted weapon systems for airborne applications,
equipped with the exclusive .50 cal FN M3™ machine gun (firing 1,100 RPM) or
7.62mm FN MAGR machine gun, and fitted to over 3,000 helicopters and
subsonic aircraft across the world
- deFNder® Medium remote weapon station. This can house any FN machine
gun from 7.62mm to .50 cal, and 40mm AGLs. A naval variant is also available.