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News - FN Herstal

  • Defence Helicopter

    ​US clears potential MD 530F FMS to Kenya

    4th May 2017

    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Kenya worth an estimated US$253 million for 12 MD 530Fs as stated …

  • Land Warfare

    French Scorpion gets moving

    2nd May 2017

    The French arms procurement agency, the DGA, has awarded a contract for its first installment of vehicles under the Scorpion programme. A temporary business group …

  • Special Operations

    Belgium’s special forces show of force

    18th April 2017

    Belgium's Special Forces Group (SFG) has completed a series of demonstrations designed to demonstrate a 'show of force' in the wake of multiple terrorist attacks …

  • Special Operations

    ​SOFINS: French Navy SF showcases commando craft

    2nd April 2017

    The French Navy Special Forces (SF) displayed its Embarked Commando Craft for Multiple Uses (ECUME) rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) at the SOFINS exhibition.Developed by Zodiac …

  • Special Operations

    ​SOFINS: French SF showcase new tactical vehicle

    29th March 2017

    The French Military's Special Operations Command (COS) is showcasing its new Special Forces Heavy Weight (PLFS) tactical vehicle at SOFINS, in Souge.The new vehicle was …

  • Special Operations

    SOFINS: French Special Forces presents its riverine craft

    28th March 2017

    A key French Army Special Forces (SF) unit is showcasing its Riverine Combat Craft (EFC) at the Special Operations Forces International Seminar (SOFINS) currently taking …

  • Defence Helicopter

    LIMA 2017: MD 530G to reach Malaysia this year

    22nd March 2017

    MD Helicopters confirmed that the Malaysian Army will receive its first, and possibly second, MD 530G light scout helicopter before the end of 2017.Speaking to …

  • Special Operations

    ​SOCOM searches for 7.62mm conversion kit

    20th March 2017

    A US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) solicitation calling for the design of a Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) could have serious implications for the future of …

  • Special Operations

    FN Herstal introduces new FCU Mk3

    16th February 2017

    FN Herstal has released an Mk3 version of the FN Fire Control Unit (FCU) for the 40mm grenade system, the company announced on 15 February.The …

  • Land Warfare

    Sig wins US pistol after delays

    26th January 2017

    With the selection of the Sig Sauer P320 pistol as the US Army’s new XM17 modular handgun system the question is now if further delays …

  • Land Warfare

    FN Herstal introduces SmartCore

    23rd January 2017

    FN Herstal has introduced a new self-powered shot counter for the FN Scar family of rifles called FN SmartCore. The system uses fully automated software …

  • Naval Warfare

    Malaysia selects Chinese warships

    9th November 2016

    Malaysia surprised many by its 5 November announcement that it will buy four Littoral Mission Ships (LMS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) from China.  …

  • Defence Notes

    Analysis: China gains ground in Africa

    6th October 2016

    Throughout the Cold War era, several sub-Saharan African countries turned to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to procure equipment for their armed forces. With …

  • Special Operations

    AUSA 2016: Colt launches new SF rifle

    5th October 2016

    A new short-barrelled rifle (SBR) 5.56mm variant of the M4 rifle – called the SCW0923 – has been launched by Colt. The rifle is designed …

  • Defence Helicopter

    ADAS 2016: Indonesian Army Aviation reaps benefit of deployment

    22nd September 2016

    The Indonesian Army is learning valuable lessons from its helicopter detachment’s current deployment to Mali. The Indonesian Medium Utility Helicopter Unit (INDO MUHU) landed in …

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 ...