Taking advantage of its century-long firearms expertise, FN HERSTAL designs, develops and manufactures fully integrated airborne systems with firing capabilities for multi-role helicopters and subsonic aircraft, maintaining simplicity of use and crew safety.
FN pintle weapon systems for helicopters and subsonic aircraft are fully mechanical and do not require any electrical power, making firing possible even if the carrier faces problems. The pintle weapon system on display at the show is the FN Medium Ramp Pintle (MRP), that is ramp-positioned and equipped with a .50 cal M3M/GAU-21 machine gun. FN Herstal’s M3 machine gun, with high firing rate of 1,100 RPM, is considered by end users as one of the best optimum performance vs. weight for the benefit of crew protection. Alternatively, FN pintle weapon systems can also be door- or window-fitted.
In addition to the integrated weapon systems for airborne applications that equip more than 2,800 helicopters and subsonic aircraft worldwide, the company displays its wide range of portable weapons, e.g. the FN SCAR Assault Rifle, and the FN Fire Control Unit (FN FCU).
(Photo: FN Herstal)
For more information about this technology, please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY 3/2012, available at the show.