FN Herstal


Small Caliber Firearms - Ammunition - Weapon Stations Made in Belgium

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About FN Herstal

FN Herstal is based in Belgium and is a world leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of small caliber weapons, integrated weapon systems and associated ammunition for Armed Forces Security Forces and Special Groups worldwide. After 130 years of existence, and nearly a century as one of the world’s leading firearms companies, FN Herstal today has grown in both size and reputation to become one of the most trusted names in defence equipment. Although the weapons and technologies may have changed, since the early years, the company remains committed to providing the best weapons in the world, supported by the best service capabilities.

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Business Area

Overview
1889 - 2019

130 years of excellence. Leading for the future.

FN Herstal is the Defense and Security branch of the Herstal Group.

Situated in Belgium since its creation the Herstal Group is also active in the civilian sector through its range of Hunting, Shooting and Outdoor products with the Browning and Winchester Firearms brands. The Herstal Group has almost 3,000 employees worldwide, and registered a turnover of more than 820 million Euros in 2018.

FN Herstal is based near Liège in Belgium, with three fully owned subsidiaries: FN America (USA), FNH UK (UK) and Noptel (Finland).
Firearms Range
From handguns to heavy machine guns, FN Herstal has been a world-leader in small arms design and manufacture for many decades. The success of the company’s early machine gun and pistol designs laid a solid foundation upon which it has developed a series of weapons to maintain its leading position in the small arms marketplace.

FN Herstal has two offerings in the assault rifle category, the FN F2000 and the FN SCAR. Chambered for the NATO 5.56x45mm round, the FN F2000 is of bullpup design to retain full barrel length while keeping the weapon itself extremely short.

FN Herstal alos offers a range of machine gun options that cover tasks from light support weapon to fixed-platform heavy duties. The lightest of them is the FN MINIMI 5.56mm weapon, first produced in 1981. Later a 7.62mm version was introduced to complement the widely used FN MAG weapon. At the high end of the range are the FN M2HB-QCB and FN M3 family of .50-calibre guns.

FN Herstal has a legacy in ammunition design and manufacture that reaches back to 1898, when the first cartridge factory was established. Along the way it has developed cartridges that have been adopted as ‘NATO standard’ and have become among the most prevalent in use around the world.
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Airborne Weapon Solutions
In 1978 FN Herstal embarked on a new product line that would grow to be a huge success. Rather than just produce the weapons, the company began to integrate them on pintles, or in pods, for application to a wide range of aircraft and helicopters, military and security vehicles, and on naval vessels.

In the air domain FN Herstal supplies a range of pintle- and pod-mounted systems. For use with both helicopters and fixed-wing light attack aircraft the company developed a self-contained FN HMP pod. The self-contained unit is carried from NATO-standard 14-inch lugs, and comes in a number of variants. All mount the FN M3P .50-calibre heavy machine gun as standard.
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Land and Sea Weapon Systems
In the mid-2000s FN Herstal developed its first remote weapon station, the FN ARROWS project undertaken in partnership with Rheinmetall Canada. Both the Belgian and French armies procured FN ARROWS through three major programmes (MPPV, AIV and VBCI) that saw over 400 remote weapon stations supplied. Success with this programme led to FN Herstal developing subsequent RWSs on its own, designated as the deFNder family.

The Belgian firearms manufacturer FN Herstal has launched in 2008 the development of a new family of remotely operated weapon station starting with the deFNder™ Light followed in 2010 by the deFNder™ Medium. Based on his experience in the manufacturing of light and heavy machine guns, FN Herstal has designed and manufactured a new generation of Remote Weapon Station (RWS) offering the integration of its full range machine guns including 5.56mm / 7.62 mm machine guns or M2/M3 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.
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Contact

Headquarters & International Markets
FN HERSTAL, S.A. 
Voie de Liège, 33
B-4040 Herstal
Belgium
Tel.: +32 4 240 81 11
Fax: +32 4 240 88 99
Email: info(at)fnherstal.com
Web site: www.fnherstal.com

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Products

 
Scar-L Assault Rifle
 
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The FN SCAR®-L STD assault rifle is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO caliber and is fitted with a standard 14.5" barrel. The operator can replace the standard barrel with a short 10" barrel for close quarter combat in less than five minutes. The rifle is then called FN SCAR®-L CQC.

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SCAR-H Assault Rifle

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The FN SCAR®-H STD assault rifle is chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO caliber and is fitted with a standard 16" barrel. The operator can replace the standard barrel with a short 13" barrel for close quarter combat in less than five minutes. The rifle is then called FN SCAR®-H CQC.

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FNS™9 9x19 mm NATO caliber pistol

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At the International Defence Exhibition of Paris, Eurosatory 2010, the Belgian Defence Company Fn Herstal launched its newly designed 9mm FNS-9 pistol. The FNS™-9 is the latest handgun innovation by FN Herstal.

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FN 509 Handgun

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FN Herstal has designed and developed a pre-loaded striker pistol for security forces based on user feedback. The FN® 509 offers a new level of durability, reliability and ergonomic design.

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deFNder™ Medium Remote Weapon Stations

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The deFNder® Remote Weapon Stations provide optimized remote firing capability day and night while keeping the operator completely under armor protection. The deFNder® Medium is the medium weight remote weapon station of FN Herstal RWS family. It can integrate all FN Herstal machine guns up to .50 cal, including the unique FN® M3R machine gun with high firing rate of 1,100 RPM.

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deFNder™ Light Remote Weapon Stations

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The deFNder® Remote Weapon Stations provide optimized remote firing capability day and night while keeping the operator completely under armor protection. The deFNder® Light is the light weight remote weapon station of FN Herstal RWS family. It can integrate all FN Herstal machine guns up to 7.62mm caliber and is capable of extreme elevation and depression angles of operation.

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Sea deFNder

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The deFNder® Remote Weapon Stations provide optimized remote firing capability day and night while keeping the operator completely under protection. The Sea deFNder® is the maritime variant of the deFNder® Medium. It can integrate all FN Herstal machine guns up to .50 caliber, including the unique FN® M3R with high firing rate of 1,100 RPM.

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FN FCU™ Fire Control Unit

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The FN Fire Control Unit (FCU) is an advanced sight designed for use with the 40mm MK 13 MOD 0 (EGLM). The FCU provides a first round on target hit ratio of 80%. The FCU is primarily designed to be used with Medium Velocity 40mm grenades; however, all Low Velocity 40mm grenades are compatible as well.

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