For 130 years, Belgium-based FN Herstal has provided generations of defence 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 long into the future, with the integration of the latest generation of electronic modules coming from the cutting-edge FN e-novation range of solutions, Which FN Herstal and its US-based subsidiary FN America is exhibiting at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), which is held in Florida, USA, this week.

The FN FCU Mk3 Fire Control Unit (FCU) provides a complete sighting and aiming solution for 40mm LV and MV grenade launchers. It calculates the trajectory of grenades and gives an adjusted point of aim enabling the grenadier to obtain first round hits in all conditions – night and day.

The FN FCU Mk3 comprises a laser range finder; a large aiming window for easy target acquisition; sensors for temperature and angles of elevation; a ballistic calculator; and a self-adjusting electronic reticle. It also has a quick detach base through a MIL-STD-1913 type interface and one hand activated lever. When combined, all these features help to dramatically increase the hit probability of the 40mm grenade system in defence and security operations, and embody FN Herstal’s motto of “Enhancing capability through e-technology.”

The FN FCU Mk3 can be fitted onto any rifles or carbines - such as the FN SCAR (FN MK16/MK17) assault rifle featuring an underslung grenade launcher, onto stand-alone launchers such as FN40GL-S (FN MK13) or onto multi-shot grenade launchers.

The FN e-novation range also includes the FN SAM and the FN Expert solutions. The FN SAM solution combines the FN SmartCore shot counter and an associated software that ensures optimised digital small arms management. The FN Expert is a marksmanship training system for carbines, rifles and recoilless rifles that is safe, efficient and easy to use for both shooters and instructors.

Brian Kindamo

FN FCU Mk3 fire control unit for 40mm grenades. (Photo: FN Herstal)

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