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News - FN Herstal

  • Land Warfare

    US Army orders more M249s over next five years

    23rd September 2020

    US Army Contracting Command has ordered an undisclosed quantity of M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) light machine guns from FN America, in a five-year contract …

  • Land Warfare

    Belgians choose mature solution for Lynx replacements

    23rd September 2020

    The Belgian Armed Forces have taken a major step towards enhancing the mobility of its ground forces, after the MoD ordered 322 Joint Light Tactical …

  • Land Warfare

    MBDA to lead industry team on LynkEUs

    1st July 2020

    MBDA is spearheading the development of a European BLoS network-enabled battlefield engagement capability, the manufacturer announced on 1 July. MBDA joins 13 partners and subcontractors …

  • Land Warfare

    Portugal rolls out Glock 17 Gen5 for army

    10th June 2020

    The Soldier Combat Systems (SCS) programme for the Portuguese Army passed another milestone in early June, with delivery of Glock 17 Gen5 9mm pistols to …

  • Land Warfare

    US Army begins test and evaluation of NGSW candidates

    27th May 2020

    The US Army is evaluating weapons and new 6.8mm ammunition for the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) programme, after delivery of the first batch was …

  • Land Warfare

    Portuguese peacekeepers receive new small arms

    24th April 2020

    The Portuguese Army has provided new weapons to its 7th National Force detached in the Central African Republic (CAR), as part of broader efforts to …

  • Land Warfare

    Sweden gears up for sniper rifle competition

    1st April 2020

    Swedish defence procurement agency FMV expects to start its Sniper Weapon System (SWS) programme later this year. An FMV official told Shephard that preparations are …

  • Special Operations

    German SF set for new rifle but Bundeswehr must wait

    9th March 2020

    Deliveries of the new HK416 rifle (pictured) to German SF are expected to start this month as the Bundeswehr ponders the replacement of its main …

  • Land Warfare

    FN America awarded M4/M4A1 contract

    17th February 2020

    FN America will supply M4/M4A1 carbines to the US Army under a contract announced by the US Department of Defense on 13 February. The contract …

  • Land Warfare

    The JGSDF selects a new rifle and pistol

    12th December 2019

    The Japanese MoD announced the selection results from separate competitions for a new rifle and pistol for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) on 6 …

  • Defence Helicopter

    More MD 530F helicopters ordered for Afghan Air Force

    28th November 2019

    MD Helicopters has received a new order for up to 12 armed MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters for the Afghan Air Force (AAF), the company …

  • Defence Helicopter

    MD Helicopters to support Kenyan MD 530Fs

    16th September 2019

    MD Helicopters has received a contract to provide training and support for the Kenya Defence Force MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters.The support includes Contractor Logistics …

  • Land Warfare

    DSEI 2019: FN Herstal unveils new ammo cartridges

    6th September 2019

    FN Herstal will showcase four new small calibre ammunitions at DSEI 2019 with the aim of meeting both new threats faced by militaries and recent …

  • Land Warfare

    MSPO 2019: FN Herstal to showcase SCAR SC

    1st September 2019

    Belgian manufacturer FN Herstal will display its FN SCAR-SC subcompact carbine weapon with two available calibers - 5.56x45mm/.223 Rem, 7.62x35mm/.300 BLK - at MSPO.  The small arms weapon …

  • Military Logistics

    Patria acquires Belgium Engine Center

    10th June 2019

    Patria has acquired 100% of the shares of the Belgium Engine Center SPRL (BEC) from AIM Norway, the company announced on 6 June. BEC, with …

Programme Results - Defence Insight

  • Military helicopters - scout/light attack

    MD 530F -Kenya

    Crew transition training took place at the MD Helicopters headquarters in Mesa, Arizona, with field service support, armament, and gunnery training scheduled to occur at ...

  • Military helicopters - scout/light attack

    MD 530G Lebanon

    The Armed MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopter features next-generation all-glass cockpit that includes: two Genesys Aerosystems IDU-680 6” x 9” LCD primary displays, Tek Fusion ...

  • APCs/IFVs - 4x4, Mine-protected vehicles


    Programme Background Requirement The Luxembourg MoD wants to replace the Luxembourg Army's fleet of 42 AM General M1151 HMMWV Up-Armoured (UA) and 48 KMW Dingo ...

  • Fast attack/patrol craft and interceptors

    Indonesian Navy PC-60M

    Programme Background Local Indonesian shipyard PT Caputra Mitra Sejati has designed and developed a class of fast patrol boats that have been ordered by the ...

  • Light attack, Trainer

    L-39NG Senegal

    The aircraft will feature five hard-points, two external fuel tanks with 350 lt capacity, Mk 81 and Mk 82 bombs, guided and unguided rockets, single ...

Equipment Results - Defence Insight

  • Heavy machine guns


    FN Herstal is the original designer and manufacturer of the Quick Change Barrel (QCB) version of the Browning M2HB 50cal HMG. FN Herstal has produced ...

  • Submachine guns


    FN Herstal unveiled the 5.56mm FN SCAR-SC (Subcompact Carbine), the newest member of the SCAR (SOF Combat Assault Rifle) family originally developed for the US ...

  • Land: fire control systems

    FN FCU Mk3

    In February 2017, FN Herstal introduced the FN FCU Mk3 fire control unit for 40mm grenade launchers as a successor to the previous FN FCU-850N ...

  • Medium/general-purpose machine guns

    FN MAG

    FN Herstal is the original designer and manufacturer of the 7.62mm FN MAG (General Support Machine Gun). More than 230,000 have been produced since 1958, ...

  • Helicopter guns

    FN MAG 58M on Pintle

    The FN MAG 58M machine gun is a single-barrel, fully automatic 7.62x51mm NATO machine gun designed to be pintle-mounted on FN Herstal’s mounts in rotary-wing ...

  • APCs/IFVs - 6x6


    Streit unveiled the Varan 6x6 amphibious armoured vehicle at the IDEX defence exhibition in February 2013. The vehicle can be fitted with additional ballistic protection ...

  • Pistols

    FN 509

    FN Herstal launched its FN 509 pistol in 2018. The pistol was designed for commercial, law enforcement and military use. The semi-automatic FN 509 has ...

  • Air: Integrated cockpit systems

    FN D-PC

    FN D-PC is a Digital Pod Controller capable of controlling two mission stores, either FN Herstal digital pods or up to 19 tubes rocket launchers ...

  • Helicopter guns

    FN RMP

    FN Herstal has designed and manufactured the FN RMP (Rocket Machine Gun Pod), a self-contained, all-in-one weapon system. The system includes a 50cal FN M3P ...

  • Pistols

    FN Five-seveN

    FN Herstal developed the FN Five-seveN pistol in the 1990s to complement its FN P90 personal defence weapon – both fire a 5.7x28mm cartridge developed ...

  • Submachine guns

    FN P90

    FN Herstal introduced the FN P90 PDW in 1990 to fire its 5.7x28mm cartridge. Both were developed with the aim of providing a more efficient ...

  • Helicopter guns

    FN M3M (GAU-21) on Pintle

    The FN M3M Pintle weapon system includes a 50cal FN M3M (GAU-21) machine gun with spade grips, a medium pintle head including a soft mount, ...

  • Individual grenade launchers

    FN GL1

    The 40mm low-velocity FN Herstal FN GL1 was designed to integrate under the FN F2000 Standard or Tactical assault rifle (see separate entry) as a ...

  • Land: manned turrets


    The TORC30 is a stabilised unmanned turret armed with a Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM 30mm cannon being developed by Ares, an Elbit subsidiary, and the Brazilian Army’s ...

  • Helicopter guns

    FN M3P Machine Gun

    The FN M3P is a 50cal single-barrel, high-rate-of-fire, fully automatic machine gun. It was designed, developed and manufactured by FN Herstal to be axially or ...