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24 February 2015

IDEX 2015: FN Herstal Showcases its State-of-the-art Firepower for Land, Air, and Sea

FN Herstal is demonstrating why it is one of the world’s leading firearms manufacturers with a showcase of its groundbreaking weapon systems and firearms at IDEX 2015 on 07-B45 (Belgian Pavilion). FN Herstal is hosting a variety of exhibits that allow attendees to view up close its market leading equipment that gives military, law enforcement, and special forces the firepower advantage in any scenario.

On display for the first time in the Middle East will be FN Herstal’s Sea deFNder remote weapon
station. Whether intercepting smugglers, running anti-terrorism operations, or for self-defense, this
highly modular system gives naval ships and coastguards the armament to be in control at all times. It can be mounted on a variety of vessels, from fast patrol boats up to large ships, and its universal cradle can house an extensive range of FN Herstal weaponry. Packed with innovative features, the Sea deFNder also has a sight module (CCD + IR uncooled or cooled), one-hand or game pad control handle, and 2-axis gyroscope to provide rock solid stability on any naval operation.

Sea DeFNDER Remote Weapon Station, here equipped with a .50 cal FN M2HB-QCB machine gun. (Photos: FN Herstal)

For airborne forces, FN Herstal is exhibiting its FN MDP Turning airborne pintle mounted weapon system. This highly stable and versatile mounting system has been updated to house three different weapons: the exclusive .50 cal FN M3M/GAU-21 machine gun (1,100 RPM), the 7.62mm NATO FN MAG 58M machine gun, and the six barrelled M134D Minigun. All three armaments can be swapped in minutes, enabling helicopters to be rapidly configured to meet their mission objectives.

Along with its highly configurable weapon systems, FN Herstal is showcasing its extensive range of state-of-the-art and combat proven portable firearms. This includes its FN SCAR family of assault (5.56 or 7.62mm) and precision (7.62mm) rifles and the 40mm LV underslung or stand-alone grenade launcher. The FN SCAR is now widely used by some of the world’s most demanding combat forces, with 100,000 units sold to over 20 countries worldwide.

FN Herstal will also be displaying its world famous FN MINIMI machine gun. Over 250,000 of the 5.56 cal model are in service in over 75 countries, including most NATO members. First deployed by the US Special Forces, the 7.62 cal model is now a firearm of choice for many Special Forces.

FN MINIMI ® 5.56 Mk3 Tactical SB Machine Gun, featuring short barrel and ergonomic buttstock adjustable in length and for cheek rest height.

Alongside its conventional firearms will be one of FN Herstal’s latest developments: the FN e–novationTM product line. It offers high added-value solutions that integrate modern and cutting-edge technologies into small arms for improved combat capabilities and communication during missions, and enhanced logistics and maintenance. The FN e-novationTM product line includes the FN FCUTM fire control unit, FN SmartCore shot counter, FN SAMTM Small Arms Management software, and FNTASAMTM (Target Acquisition and Situational Awareness Modules) system.

Another innovative product on show is the laser range finders developed by NOPTEL, a Finnish subsidiary of FN Herstal. These can be attached by OEMs to a wide range of fire control systems, remote weapon station cameras and other military products requiring advanced optronic capabilities.

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