Major Product Achievements

9mm FN HP Handgun

In 1897, FN Herstal associated with John Moses Browning, one of the most innovative firearms designers in history and the original designer of the famous 9mm High Power automatic handgun. One million of FN HP handguns have been produced so far.

Some years later, he developed the famous .50 cal M2 machine gun, which was manufactured by FN Herstal from the thirties. This machine gun is still widely used today, either on tripods or mounted on a wide variety of vehicles, boats and ships.

FN MINIMI® 5.56 Machine Gun

In the fifties, FN Herstal participated in the development of the 7.62x51mm cartridge as a standard firearm cartridge among NATO countries and developed the most successful weapons in that caliber, the FN FAL™ light automatic rifle with two million units produced, and the FN MAG® medium machine gun (U.S. M240 series) adopted by over 80 countries at today's date.

In the seventies, FN Herstal developed the 5.56x45mm SS109 round that became the NATO Standard 5.56mm cartridge and the 5.56x45mm FN MINIMI® light machine gun. The FN MINIMI® has been adopted by over 45 countries over the globe.

FN M3M™ Medium Ramp Pintle

Always bearing in mind innovation to suit the market demand, FN Herstal introduced in the early eighties the .50 cal FN M2HB-QCB™ (Quick Change Barrel) configuration. More than just selling the complete QCB machine guns, the Company was the first on the market to offer the quick conversion kit for existing FN M2HB™ machine guns.

In the late eighties, FN Herstal started to develop integrated weapon systems for installation into or onto helicopters and subsonic aircraft. These systems are equipped with either 7.62x51mm FN MAG® or .50 cal FN M3™ machine guns. FN Herstal is the sole producer of the .50 cal FN M3™ machine guns, available in pintle-mounted or coaxial versions. Over 2,500 carriers are fully equipped with FN Herstal's products today, with a major reference in the United States where the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps recently adopted the FN M3M™ under the GAU-21 designation.

Based on these major successes, FN Herstal started to develop weapon systems for land and sea applications soon after.

FN Five-seveN® Tactical Handgun

Pursuing innovative developments, FN Herstal introduced in the nineties the 5.7x28mm ammunition, together with the FN P90® Personal Defense Weapon and the FN Five-seveN® handgun. The new caliber is recommended as NATO standard.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the Company launched the only ambidextrous and modular bullpup assault rifle available on the marketplace: the F2000®, available in either Standard or Tactical version.


Since the early 1990's, FN Herstal has been involved in less lethal, which resulted into the introduction of the FN 303® less lethal launcher onto the market in 2003. The FN 303® fires specifically designed projectiles and offers military and law enforcement users an alternative to the use of firearms by neutralizing suspects with maximum effectiveness and minimum risk.

Alongside these new products, FN Herstal, in cooperation with Rheinmetall Canada, designed and developed an Advanced Reconnaissance and Remotely Operated Weapon System (ARROWS™). This system can be equipped with either a 7.62mm or a .50 cal machine gun, offering total protection for the gunner since it is aimed and fired from beneath armor.

In 2006, FN Herstal expanded its machine gun range with the new lightweight machine gun FN MINIMI® 7.62 chambered in 7.62x51mm caliber.

FN SCAR®-H STD Assault Rifle
with Grenade Launcher

Mid 2008, FN Herstal introduced the FN SCAR® assault rifles, chambered in either 5.56x45mm or 7.62x51mm caliber and the 40x46mm enhanced grenade launcher module, all developed under the USSOCOM SCAR program.


deFNder® Light with FN MAG®

Simultaneously, a new lightweight remote weapons station called the deFNder® Light was developed to provide optimized remote firing capability while keeping the operator completely under armor protection. The deFNder® Light is capable of integrating three separate infantry machine guns by FN Herstal—the FN MINIMI® 5.56, the FN  MINIMI® 7.62 and the FN MAG®—and features unique elevation and depression angles.

FN Fire Control Unit

At the end of 2009, FN Herstal introduced its FN Fire Control Unit (FCU) for 40mm LV grenades, which guarantees maximized hit probability from the first shot. The FN FCU ensures automatic aiming correction as well as fast and accurate target engagement while remaining user-friendly, light and compact.
This year proves to be an extraordinarily productive year for FN Herstal, which unveiled a large number of developments at the Eurosatory Trade Show in Paris.


FN Herstal expanded its line of pistols with the introduction of the new FNS™-9 handgun in 9mm. This new pistol was designed around a pre-loaded striker mechanism that provides a short and light trigger pull that stays consistent through all shots for fast and accurate shooting. Simultaneously, FN added new models to the FNP™ family of pistols including the 9mm, 40S&W and 45 ACP calibers.

FN MVP™ with .50 cal FN M3M™
(GAU-21) Machine Gun

The new Medium Vehicle Pintle (FN MVP™) is a lightweight, compact weapon system designed for integration onto vehicles operated by Armed Forces—Special Forces in particular. The MVP includes the unique .50 cal FN M3M™ (GAU-21) machine gun, which guarantees an unequalled high firing rate of 1,100 rounds per minute. FN Herstal is the original designer, and sole manufacturer of the FN M3M™ (GAU-21).

deFNder® Medium with .50 caliber

The FN ROWS family was expanded with the new medium weight remote weapon station deFNder®. The deFNde® Medium can integrate any combat-proven FN machine gun up to .50 caliber, including the exclusive FN M3R™.

FN 303 P™ Less Lethal Launcher

FN Herstal expands its less lethal product line, initiated in 2003, with the launching of the new holster-sized FN 303 P™ less lethal launcher further, consolidating its position as a major player in the less lethal arena. Military and law enforcement operators are now offered a versatile less lethal solution, having a choice between a compact and carbine-size launcher, both utilizing same type of projectiles, to meet the mission at hand.

FN SCAR®-H PR with accessories

IN 2011, the Company introduces the new FN SCAR®-H PR Precision Rifle, derived from the modern and modular FN SCAR® architecture.