FN Pods qualified for HForce
FN Herstal has integrated its self-contained airborne FN Pod system onto the Airbus H145M helicopter, the company announced on 2 August.
This system, which includes the .50 cal FN M3P machine gun, has been demonstrated and qualified by Airbus as part of the HForce programme.
Fitted with standard lugs, FN Pods can be mounted onto helicopters and subsonic aircraft equipped with 14in NATO standard suspension release units.
The demonsration helicopter was equipped with two FN HMP400 Pods, but depending on configuration, FN Pods can come with 250 rounds (FN HMP250) or 400 rounds (FN HMP400) ammunition box with links collector or links and cases collector; or 250 rounds and 3x70mm (2.75in) rocket launcher tubes (FN RMP). Existing FN HMP250 or FN HMP400 can be upgraded to FN RMP configuration using FN conversion kits.
Each version is available with a MIL-STD-1760 compliant digital architecture making the FN Pods fully digital and ready for integration into modern platforms. They can be operated from FN or non-FN armament management systems.
The FN Pods are compact and lightweight and are easy to install. They are designed to provide maximum accuracy with high hit probability.
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