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Crédits BATS

Crédits BATS

 

22 janvier 2016 RTL.be (Belga)

 

Des militaires détachés auprès d'ambassades belges à l'étranger jouent de plus en plus souvent le rôle d'intermédiaires entre l'industrie de l'armement et le pays où ils sont stationnés, affirme vendredi De Morgen, qui évoque dix-sept interventions de ce type l'an dernier.

 

La Belgique détache une vingtaine de membres de la Défense dans ses ambassades à travers le monde, afin de conseiller le diplomate en poste sur le volet militaire ou faciliter les rapatriements en cas de situation tendue. Mais ces attachés jouent aussi un rôle moins connu, celui d'intermédiaire entre l'industrie belge de l'armement et le pays où ils sont stationnés. Or depuis trois ans, cette fonction a pris de l'ampleur: le nombre de contacts de cette nature est passé de deux en 2012 à quatre en 2013, douze en 2014 et dix-sept en 2015. De Morgen recense dans ces contacts l'Arabie saoudite, le Bahreïn, les Émirats arabes unis, le sultanat d'Oman, le Koweït et le Qatar. Plus des trois quarts de ces contacts ont été noués au bénéfice de l'industrie wallonne, le reste pour l'industrie flamande, reflétant ainsi la répartition historique de ce type d'industrie. La FN Herstal apparaît en haut de la liste, de même que la société liégeoise BATS (Belgian Advanced Technology Systems), spécialisée en sécurité intérieure

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photos FN Herstal

photos FN Herstal

 

03/11/2014 Hubert Rubbens - MIL.be

 

Le mardi 14 octobre, les tests d'armement à bord du nouveau Coastal Patrol Vessel BNS Castor se sont parfaitement déroulés.

 

L'arme, SeadeFNder développée et construite par la FN Herstal, compte de nombreux atouts. Elle est commandée à distance depuis la passerelle du navire, possède un système de poursuite et de stabilisation automatique ainsi qu'un système de tir infrarouge ce qui rend cette arme utilisable la nuit.

 

Durant les premiers essais de tirs, diverses munitions (de calibre .50 soit 12,7 mm) ont été tirées à diverses distances. L'arme répond à toutes les attentes et a réussi l'épreuve de tir avec brio.

Tests réussis pour le SeadeFNder à bord du Castor
Tests réussis pour le SeadeFNder à bord du Castor
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FN HUD (Head Up Display)

FN HUD (Head Up Display)

 

19.06.2014 Michel Gretry - RTBF.be
 

Le ministre Jean-Claude Marcourt a effectué mercredi 18 juin une visite-éclair au salon international de l'armement terrestre qui se tient, cette semaine, en région parisienne. Une visite en tant que ministre wallon de l'Economie, mais également en tant que ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur. Car les technologies militaires ne génèrent pas seulement de l'emploi, elles boostent également la recherche universitaire.

 

Nous avons rencontré à Paris le ministre Jean-Claude Marcourt: "L'industrie de l'armement est une industrie qui se développe, qui représente énormément d'emplois, mais qui représente aussi énormément d'innovations" explique-t-il. "Et quand on voit les compétences qui sont développées, notamment au travers du plan Marshall, et les retours que nous avons dans l'industrie civile, on peut se dire qu'il faut vraiment défendre notre industrie de la défense. Quand on est sur le stand de la FN, on voit, que ce soit en matière d'optique, d'optronique, mais aussi de tout ce qui est technologie de l'information, qu'on développe énormément de choses ici avec CMI. On voit aussi l'évolution de ce secteur de la défense qui intègre énormément de technologies et plus simplement de l'armement".

Comment faire pour que ces technologies militaires aient des retombées civiles ? "C'est justement l'intérêt du mélange de l'industrie et des universités" répond à cela le ministre. "Car quand les universités ont le know how technologique pour la défense, elles l'ont aussi pour le civil. On a énormément d'entreprises qui collaborent alors sur le transfert de ce qu'elles savent vers l'industrie civile et ça, c'est un point important".

 

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The World-Famous FN MINIMI will be Showcased at the 2013 MILIPOL Exhibition

 

November 19, 2013 by FN HERSTAL - army-technology.com

 

Belgium-based small arms manufacturer FN Herstal unveils the next generation FN MINIMI® light machine gun in both 5.56mm and 7.62mm calibers during the MILIPOL exhibition in Paris (19 - 22 November 2013).

 

The modifications introduced on the FN MINIMI® Mk3 result from feedback provided by users engaged in current operating theatres. Indeed, the demands of users have evolved over the past 10 to 15 years due to changes in the way the FN MINIMI® machine gun is used in combat (increased use of accessories, evolutions in the soldier's equipment, and changes in tactics such as shooting from all positions).

 

The new FN MINIMI® Mk3 offers the users improved ergonomics and improved mobility while retaining the same core mechanism as the previous versions, for a limited impact on logistics.Main changes are:

 

    An ergonomic buttstock adjustable in length (5 positions) to allow compensation for body armor and load bearing equipment. The buttstock is adjustable for cheek rest height as well. The user can have his eye correctly aligned with the iron sights, or optical sights, while keeping his cheek properly positioned on the buttstock. It also integrates a folding shoulder rest and a hydraulic buffer that stabilizes the rate of fire and reduces felt recoil

    A new handguard/bipod assembly that provides a comfortable handguard and three forward MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny® accessory rails.The adjustable-height (three positions) bipod, when folded back, integrates into the shape of the handguard even with an accessory on the lower rail

    An ergonomically-shaped cocking handle that gives the user a better grip with the strong or weak hand

    An improved feed tray with belt retaining pawls that hold the belt correctly in position during the loading procedure, which is most useful

    when the user is in the standing position

    An optional heatshield that greatly reduces the risk of inadvertently touching the barrel

    The convertibility of the FN MINIMI® 7.62 to fire 5.56x45mm

    ammunition.

 

Customers with 5.56mm or 7.62mm FN MINIMI® machine guns already in service are not left behind. FN Herstal offers them a customised upgrade programme to upgrade partially or completely their weapons: adapted to their exact needs and easily carried out by the armorer on site using the supporting documentation provided with the conversion kits. FN Herstal's technical experts are also available to help the customer make the right choice among the various conversion kits or accompany him during the converting operations.

 

The new FN MINIMI® Mk3 machine gun in 5.56mm and 7.62mm calibers, as well as the various conversion kits, will be on show on FN Herstal's booth during the MILIPOL exhibition in Paris (Belgian Pavilion, hall 5, booth no. M217).

 

Since its creation in 1889, Belgium-based Company FN HERSTAL has designed, developed and manufactured small caliber firearms and associated products based on state-of-the-art technologies, imposing itself over the decades as a leading supplier of light and portable weapons, integrated weapon systems and ammunition to military, law enforcement and special forces operators worldwide.

 

The recent years were no different with FN Herstal launching a number of newly developed products, such as the FN SCAR® family, including a 5.56 or 7.62 assault rifle, a 40mm grenade launcher and a precision rifle, the FN FCU™ fire control unit for 40mm LV/MV grenades and the FN SmartCore® shot counter. On the integrated weapon systems side of the business, the development of the deFNder® RWS line was undoubtedly a significant step in meeting evolutions in customer demands.

 

For additional information on FN Herstal's products, visit www.fnherstal.com.

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FN Herstal to Exhibit at DSEi 2013

September 04, 2013 by FN HERSTAL

 

FN Herstal will attend the DSEi Defence & Security Event, due to take place in London on 10-13 of September. Staff will be on hand at booth N3-622 in the Belgian Pavilion at the ExCeL centre to answer questions about FN Herstal's latest products and developments, which will be on display.

 

FN Herstal's exhibits will be:

 

    The FN MINIMI® 5.56 light machine gun, the world's most widely deployed machine gun in 5.56mm

    The FN MINIMI® 7.62 light machine gun, combining lightweight, long-range, and hitting power; the MINIMI® 5.56 and the MINIMI® 7.62 feature high parts commonality and identical ergonomics and operator handling

    The famous FN MAG® machine gun, originally designed by FN Herstal, is still a leading reference in the field of 7.62x51mm NATO caliber general purpose machine gun with more than 200,000 units supplied to more than 90 countries all around the globe

    The family of FN SCAR® assault rifles: designed for, tested, adopted, and used by the most demanding combat units. This highly adaptable weapon is available in 5.56mm or 7.62mm NATO caliber, easy to change between short (CQC) and standard barrels, light, modular, ergonomic, accurate and highly reliable in the harshest conditions. An additional FN40GL® 40mm LV grenade launcher mounted under the 5.56 or 7.62mm assault rifle or as a stand-alone launcher provides increased capability to the user

    The FN SCAR® precision rifle in 7.62mm caliber is the latest development within the FN SCAR® family and is available with a foldable or fixed sniper-type butt; while retaining the ergonomics and reliability of the FN SCAR® assault rifle, it has been adapted for increased range and accuracy for sniper support or designated marksman roles

    The FN FCU™ fire control unit is a full solution highly accurate aiming system for 40mm LV/MV grenade launchers allowing first round hits, at all ranges, in the most difficult situations, by day or by night

 

In addition to an extensive range of portable weapons designed, developed and manufactured for military, law enforcement and special forces operators worldwide, FN Herstal's product portfolio also includes integrated weapon systems for air, land and sea applications.

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FN Herstal Qualified on Numerous Multi-Role Helicopters and Subsonic Aircraft

Jun 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : FN Herstal

 

Taking advantage of its century-long expertise in the design, development and manufacture of combat-proven machine guns, FN Herstal started to integrate 7.62x51mm NATO and .50 cal machine guns onto various platforms several decades ago. This has resulted in numerous rotary-wing and subsonic fixed-wing aircraft being qualified with FN integrated airborne weapon systems to total more than 3,000 units in service around the globe today.

 

FN airborne podded systems are fitted with a .50 cal FN M3P™ machine gun and are operated by the pilot using an armament management system. Various configurations are on sale – featuring a 250- or 400-round ammunition box and a Links (LC) or Links and Cases Collector (LCC). For the first time in its booth at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget from 17 to 23 June 2013, FN Herstal will display a pod variant called FN RMP™/Cirit combining a .50 cal FN M3P™ machine gun and a three tube 2.75” laser guided missile launcher from the Turkish company Roketsan.

 

FN airborne pod weapon systems will be displayed with OEMs also to include: Aerotec Group, Beechcraft, Eurocopter, and Iomax.

 

FN airborne pintle mounted systems – equipped with either a 7.62x51mm FN MAG® 58M or .50 cal FN M3M™ machine gun – are designed to be window-, door- or ramppositioned. FN Herstal and the helicopter companies AgustaWestland and Eurocopter will display FN pintle weapon systems in Paris.

 

In addition to airborne solutions, FN Herstal also offers integrated weapon systems for land and sea applications, including the deFNder® family of remote weapon stations fitted with FN machine guns ranging from 5.56x45mm NATO up to .50 cal.

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