Since the early 1990's, FN Herstal has been developing less lethal solutions for crowd control, policing and peacekeeping operations.
In 2003 the FN 303® less lethal launcher system was released. Launching specially designed projectiles, it provides military, law enforcement and special forces with a viable alternative to lethal force for neutralizing suspects with maximum effectiveness yet minimum risk.
Alongside these new products, FN Herstal co-designed and co-developed the ARROWS® remote weapon station. This station can be equipped with either an FN 7.62mm or a .50 cal machine gun, offering heavy firepower yet total protection for the gunner, who can operate it from within a vehicle protected from enemy fire.
In 2006, FN Herstal expanded its famous FN MINIMI® machine gun range. This is now available in 7.62x51mm caliber to meet the market demand for a lightweight machine gun that combines the mobility of the FN MINIMI® 5.56 with the range and firepower of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge.
Mid 2008, FN Herstal introduced the FN SCAR® assault rifles.
These are chambered for either the 5.56x45mm or 7.62x51mm caliber and the 40x46mm enhanced grenade launcher module (underbarrel or stand-alone use).
These have been adopted by the US Special Operations Forces under the following U.S. designations: MK16, MK17 and MK13 respectively.
Both the 5.56mm and 7.62mm platforms are available with a short (CQC) or standard barrel, both of which are quickly interchangeable. They feature a foldable buttstock adjustable in length and height.
Today, the FN SCAR® is used by the most demanding combat units in the most challenging operations throughout the world.
Alongside the FN SCAR®, FN Herstal developed a lightweight remote weapon station: the deFNder® Light. This is capable of housing three different FN Herstal infantry machine guns: the FN MINIMI® 5.56, the FN MINIMI® 7.62 or the
All of these can be mounted with unique elevation and depression angles to provide the gunner with the perfect trajectory. The deFNder® Light would prove to be just the first of many configurations of the deFNder® family of remote weapon stations.
At the end of 2009, FN Herstal unveiled two innovative products under the
FN Armatronics™ line of products that integrate electronics into portable firearms. The FN FCU™ fire control unit, for precise aiming of 40mm grenades, was a joint development between FN Herstal and Noptel, a Finnish company specialising in optoelectronics. Noptel would become part of
FN Herstal in 2011.
The FN FCU™ vastly improves the hit probability of every grenade that is fired, day and night. To enhance performance further, FN Herstal developed the FN SmartCore® shot counter. This electronically records data on shots fired for enhanced logistics and maintenance management.