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US DoD Awards FN Over $20 Mil For Machine Guns & Barrels

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Over the past few weeks, the Department of Defense has awarded Fabrique National two contracts, totaling over $20 million for Mk 46 and 48 machine guns, system engineeing and accessories for USSOCOM and machine gun barrels for the Army and Marine Corps.

Mk 46 – 5.56mm
Mk 48 – 7.62mm
Like SOCOM’s resurrection of the Combat Assault Rifle program earlier this year, we anticipate that this contract will facilitate adoption of the 6.5 CM cartridge. Notice that the contract includes engineering services.

FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina, is awarded a $13,450,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of MK46 and MK48 light machine guns, spare parts and engineering services in support of U.S. Special Operations Command.  Work will be performed in Columbia, South Carolina (85 percent); and Herstal, Belgium (15 percent), and is expected to be completed by August 2023.  Fiscal 2017 and 2018 defense procurement; fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Defense) funding in the amount of $1,242,235 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) (only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements). The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-18-D-JN49).

FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $7,190,077 firm-fixed price contract for machine gun barrels. This is a three-year base contract with two one-year option periods. This was a competitive acquisition with one offer received. Location of performance is South Carolina, with a Sept. 6, 2021, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2021 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio (SPE7LX-18-D-0104).

CarniK Con On The FN P90

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Today, Dugan of CarniK Con released this video on the P90, FN’s uniquely designed bullpup PDW. Without getting into too much detail, Dugan really shows the value of the P90 in his own unique way.

CarniK Con on YouTube

FN Herstal – New Sea deFNder Remote Weapon Station To Be Unveiled At EURONAVAL 2014

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Today, FN Herstal announced they will be launching their new Sea deFNder Remote Weapon Station at the upcoming EURONAVAL exhibition in Paris, October 27th through 31st. The full release can be read below:

(McLean, VA – October 24, 2014) The EURONAVAL exhibition in Paris, October 27 to 31, 2014, will be the backdrop for the launch of the new Sea deFNder® Remote Weapon Station (RWS). This is the third model in the deFNder® range, produced by a world’s leading firearms manufacturer, FN Herstal. Engineered for use by naval forces and coastguards, it follows the innovative deFNder® Light and the deFNder® Medium into global service.

Sea deFNder

The Sea deFNder® provides naval ships and coastguards with the advantage of superior firepower in any scenario. This includes territorial waters surveillance, self-defense, anti-piracy, anti-terrorism and the interception of drug or people smugglers. Its high modularity allows the Sea deFNder® to be mounted on a wide variety of naval vessels, from speed boats and patrollers right up to frigates and destroyers.

The Sea deFNder® RWS’ versatility extends to the weapons it can house. Its universal cradle can hold any machine gun from FN MINIMI® 5.56 up to .50 cal in the range (.50 cal is either the FN M2HB-QCB™ or FN Herstal’s exclusive FN M3R™ that offers an outstanding firing rate of 1,100 RPM). The Sea deFNder® can also be equipped with 40 mm AGLs for additional firepower.

The Sea deFNder® shares many features of the deFNder® Medium used on land based vehicles. This includes its sight module (CCD + IR uncooled or cooled), one-hand or game pad control handle and ammo box capacity. In addition, the Sea deFNder® has special specifications for naval applications:

• Specific surface treatment

• Improved water tightness and water flow

• Specific environmental qualification based on maritime standards

• Specific 2-axis gyroscopic stabilization dedicated to naval application

Prior to its official unveiling, an order has already been placed for a number of Sea deFNder® Remote Weapon Stations. This brings the total number of units ordered across the deFNder® range to over 1,300 for both land and sea based applications.

The Sea deFNder® is the latest example of constant innovation in weapons development by FN Herstal, which has a history dating back 125 years. Its exceptional service packages include everything its customers require for rapid deployment of its Sea deFNder®. This includes associated weapon(s), ammunition, technical documentation, technical support, operator and maintenance training, and installation of the RWS onto the vessel.

For more information on FN Herstal’s state-of-the-art product line and services, visit us at the EURONAVAL exhibition in Paris from October 27 to 31, 2014 (Stand no. E27).


FN HERSTAL Adopts A Multi-caliber And Multi-weapon Product Approach For Its Airborne Pintle Mounted Weapon Systems

Monday, October 13th, 2014

FN Herstal has just announced an expansion of the weapon systems that are compatible with their airborne pintles connection system. The full release can be read below:

(McLean, VA – October 13, 2014) FN Herstal, a world leader of small caliber weapon systems, teams with Dillon Aero to add to its portfolio of FN MAG® 58M and FN M3M™ (GAU-21) machine guns, the Dillon Aero M134D Gatling Gun as an additional option to its airborne pintle mounted systems. FN Herstal airborne pintles are now capable of connecting either to the FN MAG® 58M, the FN M3M™ or the M134D, with all three variants being qualified by FN Herstal. Each armament conversion kit fulfills a segment: the FN MAG® 58M is a 7.62mm cal machine gun with maximum rate of fire of 1,000 RPM; the M134D, also known as the “Minigun” is a 6 barrel Gatling Gun with rate of fire of 3,000 while the FN M3M™ (GAU-21) is a .50 cal firing at 1,100 RPM.

The armament swap on FN Herstal’s systems connections will only take minutes. Swapping from the FN MAG® 58M to the M134D or to the FN M3M™ (GAU-21) on FN Medium Pintle Systems adds flexibility to the end users. Providing end users with the ability to configure the weapon systems with the armament of the customer’s choice greatly improves the helicopter’s modularity and adaptability to specific missions and threats. By offering three variants and turning its airborne pintle mounted systems into modular systems, FN Herstal covers all calibers and segments that are of interest to its customers, and opens a growth path for future weapons solutions.

FN Herstal is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of small caliber portable weapons and weapon systems, and equips more than 2,600 airborne platforms on all continents.

For more information on FN Herstal’s state-of-the-art product line and comprehensive services, please visit its website at www.fnherstal.com.

US Patriot Tactical – 2014 US Army Drill Sergeant of the Year – 50th Anniversary Competition

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

This is an announcement from US Patriot regarding the recently concluded 2014 US Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition, which took place September 8th – 11th, which also happened to be the event’s 50th Anniversary. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, US Patriot partnered with FN to present commemorative firearms to the winners. The full release follows:


US Patriot is proud to be the tactical sponsor for the 50th Anniversary Drill Sergeant of the Year competition. We have been a sponsor since our inception and honored to be involved in this competition that takes place every year in our backyard – Fort Jackson, SC. Fort Jackson is the home of the Drill Sergeant Academy and where soldiers earn the brown hat. Not only that, but the best of the Army come back every year to prove who’s the best on the trail.

For five days, six of the Army’s best training NCO’s from Fort Jackson, Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Sill, Fort Benning and the Reserves compete in a grueling course to prove who is the best of the best. The winning Active duty Drill receives the Stephen Ailes Award which began in 1969. The winning Reserve Drill receives the Ralph Haines Jr. Award.

This year, US Patriot has partnered with FN (Fabrique Nationale) to present a surprise award to the winners. US Patriot and FN presented Active Duty DSOY SSG Jonathan W. Miller from Fort Leonard Wood an FN 15 with a commemorative 50th Anniversary Drill Sergeant logo on the magazine well. We were also honored to present Army AIT PSOY SFC Thomas A. Russel Jr. from Fort Sill and Reserve DSOY SSG Christopher G. Croslin from the 95th Division with commemorative 50th Anniversary engraved FNX .45 caliber pistols. US Patriot is a company based in Columbia, SC (home to Fort Jackson) and we are proud to partner with FN, the primary manufacturer of DOD small arms, making their weapons right here in Columbia, SC.


Ready For A Commercial FN Carbine?

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

I first heard of FN working on a commercial carbine earlier this year and now word on the street is that this will become a reality at SHOT Show. I’ve heard that FN has placed orders for parts for these guns. And if that wasn’t enough, LAV has released this photo of a semi auto carbine prototype he purchased awhile back from a former FN employee.


I can’t wait to see if there is any teeth to these rumors.

This is Just Sad

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

It seems that the SCAR WARS have entered their cartoon phase. The Firearm Blog picked up a story from the Belgian news website Leosir.be ” that, “le (FN) SCAR is destined to replace the M14 and M16 and that up to 10,000 could be ordered by the American Army.”

Wonder who was behind this one. The very short article reads like an FN press release; a couple of facts sprinkled with a whole lot of wishful thinking.

The Black Box from FN Herstal

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Much ado has been made about the new Black Box technology from FNH, especially after information has come to light over the Army’s proposed wish list for the next generation carbine which includes a “round counter”.

Marketed on the FNH website under the heading “Armatronics”, the Black Box is designed to:

detect/discriminate/count shots
measure burst rates and burst lengths
record firing sequences
detect stoppages due to failures to cycle

The intent of the system is to aid the armorer in anticipating “necessary maintenance actions and consult all previous maintenance operations when and as required.”

FN's Black Box

I realize that the technology can be packaged in a variety of ways but the issue finger groove pistol grip is my least favorite. Of course, I guess it’s one way to make sure no one swaps out their issue pistol grip when they get downrange.

So all of the hoopla over this Euro technology is all great, but it isn’t really new. The Weapon Shot Counter from Advanced Design Consulting USA, Inc has been around for years and has seen limited testing by the US military. In fact, this is where the concept comes from and baseline data from limited use of the WSC was used to help craft this latest Army requirement.

So is the technology necessary? It would certainly assist an Army that is working their small arms hard. There is currently no program in place to record use of an M16/M4 to the same level as that of a M24 SWS or similar precision weapon. The Army looks at those weapons having components with finite lives and requiring regularly scheduled third shop maintenance yet currently, there is no system in place to provide the same level of care for the weapons that carry the bulk of the war load.

Sal Palma contributed to this report