FN Herstal (Stand N2-300) is exhibiting new small-calibre ammunitions that have been developed in response to emerging trends, including four new cartridges in the 5.56 and .50 calibre ranges.
The 5.56x45mm SS109 ammunition was adopted by NATO in 1980, and the company has now engineered the FN Permax enhanced performance round within this calibre, ideal for urban combat because it can pass through barriers such as windscreens, automobile bodywork, glazing and masonry. It is composed of a hardened steel penetrator and a brass body, and has been developed to meet and anticipate further environmental European and international legislations requiring the use of lead-free ammunition.
The new FN Propass armour-piercing 5.56x45mm cartridge, meanwhile, is suited to missions requiring the defeat of hard targets, featuring a tungsten carbide core, perforating armoured targets or Level IV ballistic protection composed of metal or ceramic inserts.
Both cartridges comply with NATO standards and are therefore compatible with existing weapons, and are qualified on FN Herstal weapons such as carbines, assault rifles and light machine guns.
In the .50 cal ammunition line, FN Herstal has designed a reduced-range cartridge that features a maximum travel distance of 3,500m. The FN Aria .50RR cartridge is dedicated to training with .50 cal weapons on shooting ranges that are limited to the use of 7.62mm weapons. A tracer version is also available and is being showcased at the show; the cartridge can be provided on belts for realistic training.
It is compatible with all weapons chambered in 12.7x99mm NATO cal (.50 cal), and is qualified on FN's M2HBQCB and M3 machine guns.