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14 June 2016

Eurosatory 2016: New Tactical Buttstock for FN MINIMI 5.56 Light Machine Gun

FN Herstal, a global leader in small arms manufacturing, has launched a new tactical buttstock for its combat proven FN MINIMI 5.56 light machine gun.

The Tactical SF (Special Forces) buttstock is adjustable in length to 5 positions and for cheek rest height to 6 positions, and features a convex butt plate. Lighter than the Tactical buttstock already in service, the Tactical SF can be better adjusted for shoulder firing, making it perfectly suited to special forces missions. (Photo: FN Herstal)


This new development follows the introduction of the Mk3 version of the FN MINIMI, available in 5.56 or 7.62, in late 2013. The Mk3 offers improved ergonomics and enhanced mobility with all the original technical and operational performances of the world’s most deployed machine gun. Any FN MINIMI 5.56 or 7.62 already in service can be upgraded partially or completely to the new Mk3 version.

FN Herstal’s full range of FN MINIMI machine guns, in both calibres, are on show at the Belgian Pavilion, Hall 6, Booth #F 197.

Also at their booth, FN Herstali is showcasing its newly developed carbon connection plate prototype for pintle weapon systems. By harnessing advanced composite materials, FN Herstal has been able to reduce the weight of the connection plate by 30%. This significantly reduces the overall weight of the weapon system while maintaining all structural properties of the previous version. This new technology is applicable to all FN pintle connection plates. The connection plate is a critical component, which is specific to every carrier type. It interfaces the carrier hard points and FN weapon system, withstands carrier vibrations, the weapon recoil load and crash loads to meet the highest aeronautical standards. By integrating advanced technologies and materials in airborne weapon systems, FN Herstal constantly looks at further developing and providing innovative solutions for MODs and OEMs.

For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #06/2016, available at the show in hall 6, stand #B197; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.