Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014

Long time innovation [AAD143]

19 September 2014

The latest innovations introduced by FN Herstal this year – the company’s 125th anniversary – encompass new solutions that integrate modern technologies with weapons to provide enhanced combat, logistics, and communication capabilities for ground role weapons and integrated weapon systems.

In its Small Arms sector, FN Herstal is pursuing developments initiated with the introduction of the FN Armatronics line, and the subsequent FN FCU fire control unit and FN SmartCore shot counter. FN Herstal is also unveiling additional products and services under the FN e-novation umbrella.

The FN TASAM (Target Acquisition & Situational Awareness Module) uses the interoperability of all the components of the weapon to provide a number of advanced combat and C4I capabilities – in day and night conditions: situational awareness of both a soldier and a platoon (using the GPS), target acquisition (using a laser range finder and a camera), and data transfer within the platoon or to higher levels of command (using the FN Smart-Core shot counter and communication network such as Bluetooth, wireless or 3G).

The FN SAM (Small Arms Management) is a fully automated software that ensures enhanced maintenance and logistics capabilities. The FN SAM, coupled with the FN SmartCore, allows reduced operational costs through improved service life of the weapon and optimised maintenance operations, as well as optimised operational availability of the weapon fleet.

FN Herstal has further strengthened its position as a world leader in podded weapon systems with the introduction of two major innovations for military helicopters and subsonic aircraft, ensuring superior combat capabilities.

FN podded weapon systems have gone digital this year with the introduction of digital versus analogue armament management systems.

This new product offers improved integration with existing OEMs’ avionics computers and MFDs, and helicopter’s digital hard points. The armament capabilities remain unchanged.

Additionally, FN Herstal recently unveiled the compact and lightweight FN HUD (Head Up Display).

The FN HUD is a state-of-the-art sighting solution specifically designed for enhanced firing accuracy in combat using axial armaments, combined with a reduced pilot workload and reduced target acquisition time. Easy to integrate on new or in-service helicopter platforms, the FN HUD incorporates the latest advances in digital electronics and electro-optical systems and is able to communicate with the existing avionics systems aboard the carrier.

The integration of innovative high-tech solutions into ground role weapons and integrated weapon systems is indicative of FN Herstal’s move into complementary technologies to support its core firearms business. A comprehensive range of FN products and services is on display in Hangar 3, Stand A1.

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