5.56x45mm

NATO cartridges

Two recent additions to the FN® 5.56x45mm range of ammunition

FN Herstal is the original designer of the military 5.56x45mm SS109 cartridge, which was adopted by NATO as the second official standardized calibre in 1980.

Ammunition types

• SS109 (Ball)
• L110 (Tracer)
• FN PERMAX® EPR – New
• FN PROPASS® AP – New
• Blank

Uses

• Carbines (e.g. FN SCAR®-SC)
• Assault rifles (e.g. FN SCAR®-L)
• Light support weapons (e.g. FN MINIMI® 5.56)

Key benefits

  • SS109 round, designed by FN Herstal and adopted as the 5.56 NATO standard

  • NEW FN PERMAX® 5.56 EPR (Enhanced Performance Round)

    • Superior performance in urban combat
    • Excellent mass retention behind barriers, maintaining greater incapacitating effect
    • Lead-free projectile
    • Propellant without DBP
  • NEW FN PROPASS® 5.56 AP (Armor Piercing)

    • Ideally suited when the mission requires defeating hard targets using 5.56x45mm caliber