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New FN SmartCore® Provides Enhanced Shot Counter Technology for all FN SCAR® Firearms

19 January 2017

(Herstal, Belgium) January 19, 2017. Belgium-based FN Herstal, one of the worlds leading firearms manufacturers, has launched its newly-developed, self-powered FN SmartCore® shot counter for the FN SCAR® family of rifles based on breakthrough technology.

For the first time in history, electronics is integrated into a product and generates its own power. The new FN SmartCore® for FN SCAR® is a no-battery device located inside the lower receiver of the weapon and detects firing of the weapon by using the rearward movement of the moving parts hence, requiring no battery and no maintenance. The FN SmartCore® shot counter uses fully automated software to provide precise information about a firearm. It can be defined as a firearms life memory as it acts as an electronic logbook of the maintenance history of the firearm and other user defined information. This includes the number of shots (blank, live and dry firing being discriminated), its base location, whom it is issued to and its operational condition.

The FN SmartCore® can collect information automatically or upon request with absolutely no impact on the users mission. Any data is transmitted wirelessly at short-range only and upon request, ensuring it is undetectable and there is no unintentional emission.

The FN SmartCore® can be housed in any rifle in the FN SCAR® family: FN SCAR® assault rifle (5.56 or 7.62) or FN SCAR® 7.62 precision rifle. A version of the FN SmartCore® is already available for the FN MINIMI® 5.56 and 7.62 light machine gun (also known as FN® M249 and FN® Mk 48 respectively).

The FN SmartCore® plays a vital role in the FN® Small Arms Management solution.

Using this unique, comprehensive solution dedicated to military and security forces

increases operational availability of weapons, reduces life cycle cost, provides accurate

and up-to-date information on in-and-out-movements of the weapons, and guarantees

shared information through a network. All of these benefits combined contribute to the

smart small arms management advocated by FN Herstal in its motto: Enhancing

capability through technology.

The FN SmartCore® shot counter is one of many innovative products in the

FN® e-novation range, which integrates modern and cutting-edge technology to further

enhance the capability and reliability of firearms. The FN® e-novation range also includes

the FN® FCU fire control unit for 40 mm grenade launchers.

The new FN SmartCore® and complete FN® e-novation range will be on display at IDEX,

Abu Dhabi, February 19-23, 2017, and other tradeshows FN Herstal is attending

throughout the year.

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FN HERSTAL: Over 125 Years of Technological Innovation, Unique Know-How, and Talented People

FN HERSTAL, S.A., a subsidiary of the Herstal Group that also includes Browning (Hunting and

Shooting), is based in Belgium and provides military, law enforcement and special forces customers

over the globe with a complete range of state-of-the-art, groundbreaking solutions developed

around small caliber firearms and associated ammunition.

FN HERSTAL product lines include portable firearms, less lethal systems, integrated weapon

systems for air, land and sea applications, remote weapon stations, small caliber ammunition, as

well as modern and cutting-edge solutions to provide enhanced combat, logistics, maintenance and

communication capabilities.

FN Herstal is the parent company of three fully owned entities: FN America in the USA, Manroy

Engineering in the UK and Noptel in Finland.

For more information on FN HERSTAL, visit

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