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News - FN Herstal

  • Defence Helicopter

    New weapons for Thai AS550 C3e

    8th April 2016

    Shephard recently witnessed new 12.7mm FN Herstal HMP400 gun pods and FZ220 70mm rocket launchers fitted to Airbus Helicopters AS550 C3e (since being renamed H125M) …

  • Land Warfare

    Pakistan trials new assault rifles

    17th March 2016

    Pakistan is exploring options to replace its current inventory of 7.62mm G3 and Type 56 assault rifles. At the same time, facilities at the Pakistan …

  • Defence Helicopter

    Afghanistan orders more MD 530Fs

    13th January 2016

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) will add a dozen new armed light helicopters with enhanced mission equipment to its fleet under an award by the …

  • Land Warfare

    New Zealand selects new pistol

    26th November 2015

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced on 25 November that it has selected a replacement 9mm pistol for all three of its armed services. …

  • Naval Warfare

    Singaporean revelations about SMC

    26th November 2015

    More details have been revealed about the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) Specialised Maritime Craft (SMC), which will be employed for coastal interception and maritime …

  • Land Warfare

    ADEX 2015: South Korea shows new light MG

    26th October 2015

    South Korea’s military has been using the 5.56mm K3 light machine gun since its induction in 1989, but its manufacturer is currently developing a new …

  • Land Warfare

    AUSA 2015: US handgun contenders

    12th October 2015

    Industry bidders to provide a replacement for the 9mm Beretta M9 have been confirmed. The US PEO Soldier told Shephard that there are at least eight …

  • Defence Helicopter

    MD refutes Afghan MD 530F criticisms

    1st October 2015

    MD Helicopters has robustly responded to criticisms by the Afghan Air Force’s (AAF) ‘most decorated pilot’ about the performance of the MD 530F. The AAF …

  • Land Warfare

    MSPO 2015: Scipio on show

    4th September 2015

    The Scipio-Rosomok 8x8 vehicle destined for delivery to the Slovakian Army was on show at the MSPO exhibition in Kielce, Poland for the first time. …

  • Land Warfare

    New Zealand downselects new rifle

    1st September 2015

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has selected a replacement rifle for the incumbent 5.56mm Steyr AUG A1 under the Individual Weapon Replacement programme. The …

  • Land Warfare

    Colt’s course to bankruptcy

    31st July 2015

    Colt Defense is expected to re-emerge from bankruptcy as Sciens Capital Management is expected to purchase almost all of its assets. Cold filed for voluntary …

  • Land Warfare

    Singapore Army unveils new vehicles

    29th June 2015

    Ahead of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebration parade on 9 August, the Singapore Army is replacing some of its ageing equipment. It wants to take the …

  • Defence Helicopter

    More MD530F gunships headed to Afghanistan

    20th April 2015

    MD Helicopters is preparing to deliver six more MD530F light attack helicopters to the Afghan Air Force, following delivery of the initial six aircraft earlier …

  • Defence Helicopter

    LIMA 2015: MD showcases scout helicopter range

    19th March 2015

    Aircraft manufacturer MD Helicopters is exhibiting at LIMA for the first time, asit  pushes its revamped product line-up at the emerging scout/light attack helicopter requirements …

  • Naval Warfare

    FN Herstal introduces Sea deFNder RWS

    24th October 2014

    FN Herstal has introduced a new addition to its deFNderR Remote Weapon Station (RWS) range of products, with Sea deFNder developed for use by naval …

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 ...