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Latest FN Herstal innovations on display at FED 2019

08 October 2019

(Herstal, Belgium) - October 8, 2019 . For 130 years, Belgium-based FN Herstal has provided generations of Defense and Security Forces as well as Special Units, with firearms that give them a clear advantage in any engagement. This proud tradition is set to continue in showcasing both newly developed and combatproven products aiming to defeat today's threats at Forum Entreprises Défense (FED) 2019, Versailles, France, on October 9-10, 2019.

New FN PERMAX™ 5.56 EPR and FN PROPASS™ 5.56 AP ammunition

FN Herstal has engineered the new FN PERMAX™ Enhanced Performance Round (EPR) 5.56x45mm cartridge to deliver superior performance in urban combat. Passing through barriers such as windscreens, automobile bodywork, glazing or masonry blocks to reach a protected target, the FN PERMAX™ maintains greater incapacitating effect and excellent mass retention behind barriers.

The new FN PROPASS™ Armor Piercing (AP) 5.56x45mm cartridge is ideal when the mission requires defeating hard targets using 5.56mm caliber.

The FN ARIA™ .50 RR Reduced Range cartridge ensures safe and realistic training with .50 cal weapons on shooting ranges that are limited to the use of 7.62mm weapons, thanks to its shorter maximum range (< 3,500m) than conventional .50 cal ammunition. A tracer version is also available.

Recent developments in FN® e-novation range

Alongside the FN® FCU Mk3 Fire Control Unit for 40mm LV/MV grenades and the FN® SAM Small Arms Management Solution , FN Herstal will present its latest development in the FN® e-novation portfolio : the FN® Ballistic Calculator . This compact and high performance weapon mounted range finder is dedicated to sniper and precision rifles, and machine guns from 5.56 to .50 cal.

Used for precision aiming, target acquisition and laser aiming, the FN® Ballistic Calculator improves squad lethality by increasing hit probability and situational awareness. This all-in-one device features a laser range finder, infrared and visible laser pointers, variable infrared laser illuminator, weather sensors, ballistic solver and connectivity options.

New Multi-Weapon System for Land Applications

FN Herstal will also showcase the new FN® LPH multi-weapon, multi-caliber system. The FN® LPH can accept either FN MINIMI® 5.56, FN MINIMI® 7.62 or FN MAG® with no modification to the pintle.

Combat-proven portable weapons

In addition to its recent developments, FN Herstal will exhibit the well- known FN SCAR® family of rifles, FN MINIMI® 5.56 Mk3 and 7.62 Mk3 as well as FN® MAG machine guns . Also on display this year: the Quick Change Barrel (QCB) kit that enables soldiers to quickly, easily and safely change the barrel of the .50 M2HB without assistance, providing them with better protection in the heat of battle.

Throughout its whole product range, FN Herstal offers 360-degree service support, including wide range of certified accessories.

FN Herstal products can be seen at FED exhibition, on booth J 042, Hall 5A, October 9-10, 2019.


130 years of excellence. Leading to the future.

FN Herstal is the Defense and Security branch of the Herstal Group. Situated in Belgium since its creation the Herstal Group is also active in the civilian sector through its range of Hunting, Shooting and Outdoor products with the Browning and Winchester Firearms brands*. The Herstal Group has almost 3,000 employees worldwide, and registered a turnover of more than 820 million Euros in 2018. FN Herstal's mission is to design, develop and manufacture a full range of innovative solutions at the leading edge of technology, centered on small arms and their ammunition, that meet specific market requirements today and in the future. The customers are Armed Forces, Security Forces and Special Groups worldwide. The FN Herstal product range includes small arms, Less Lethal systems, and integrated weapon systems for air, sea and land applications, remote weapon stations, small caliber ammunition, and solutions that harness modern technology to enhance the capabilities of the dismounted combatant. FN Herstal is based near Liège in Belgium, with three fully owned subsidiaries: FN America (USA), FNH UK (UK) and Noptel (Finland). For more information about FN Herstal, visit

* Winchester Firearms is a trademark registered by the Olin Corporation.

FN Herstal, S.A . Voie de Liège 33 | B-4040 Herstal | Belgium Tel. : +32 4 240 81 11 |

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