Belgium-based FN Herstal, one of the world’s leading firearms manufacturers, has developed a new comprehensive FN Airborne Digital Suite to meet challenging market demands and expectations on integrating machine guns into modern platforms.
The FN Airborne Digital Suite provides military forces with the highest level of operational capability. The system will be showcased at the Farnborough International Airshow scheduled, July 16-21.
This new fully digital ITAR-free suite is fully in line with FN Herstal’s strategy to further develop its customizable Integrated Weapon Systems for Airborne applications.
The suite comprises of 3 complementary and interconnected components:
+ FN D-HUD (Digital Head-Up Display): a modern and cost-effective targeting solution to improve precision in firing. It enhances accuracy and situational awareness and reduces the pilot workload.This Digital Head-Up Display is easy to integrate, ergonomic and equipped with high-end optics technology and ballistic computation solution. The FN D-HUD offers capability to retrofit in-service helicopters to the latest advances in targeting technologies.
+ The brand new FN D-PC (Digital Pod Controller): this new FN Herstal Armament Management System(AMS) is designed to control digital pods and rocket launchers. The FN D-PC is installed on the platform and is connected to the pods via MIL-STD-1760 compliant protocol.
+ The FN D-Pod: a self-contained fixed-forward pod system, featuring the well-known .50 cal FN M3P machine gun, now with digital communication.
.50 cal FN D-HMP250 Pod (ammo capacity: 250 rounds)
.50 cal FN D-HMP400 Pod (ammo capacity: 400 rounds)
.50 cal FN D-RMP Pod (ammo capacity: 250 rounds and 3 x 2.75″ rocket launcher tubes)
The FN D-Pod can be operated by either FN D-PC or on-board non-FN Armament Management System. It allows rapid reconfiguration of helicopters or subsonic aircraft between missions.
The FN Airborne Digital Suite belongs to and takes benefit of the comprehensive range of FN Herstal’s integrated weapon systems based on 4 pillars: Airborne Fixed-Forward Firing Solutions, Airborne Crew Served Weapon Solutions, Land and Sea Mounted Weapon Solutions and Remote Weapon Stations (RWS).