The P90 submachine gun was developed in the late 1980s by the Belgian Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal. It was intended as a personal defense weapon for non-frontline troops, vehicle drivers, tank and artillery crews. The FN P90 appeared in the early 1990s. At the time of it's introduction it was considered as a new generation weapon. It was the first personal defense weapon and took intermediate position between SMGs and assault rifles. About 20 000 of these submachine guns were sold for military operators and law enforcement forces worldwide. Currently it is in service with Belgium and about 25 export operators.
The FN P90 SMG is a clean sheet design. It is a blowback operated, selective fire weapon with bullpup layout, which fires from closed bolt. This PDW is chambered for a newly-developed 5.7 x 28 mm low-impulse and high-velocity ammunition with sharp nose bullets. This round has enhanced penetration comparing with 9 x 19 mm pistol round and is effective against body armor at ranges of 100 m and beyond. It resembles a scaled-down standard NATO 5.56 x 45 mm round. This weapon penetrates a standard US Army helmet at a range of 150 m.
The FN SCAR modular assault rifle was designed from the scratch. It is not based on any previous designs. It is a gas operated, selective fire weapon. There are two baseline models - the SCAR-L (light), chambered for 5.56 x 45 mm round and theFN SCAR (heavy) chambered for a more powerful 7.62 x 51 mm ammunition. These were officially designated as the Mk.16 and Mk.17 respectively. Other chamberings include the Soviet 7.62 x 39 mm round.
The FN SCAR modular assault rifle was developed by the famous Belgian Fabrique Nationale of Herstal (FN Herstal) to meet the requirement, issued by the US Special Operations Command (US SOCOM). This requirement was issued in 2003. It requested a new combat rifle for the US Special Forces, available in different calibers. In 2004 it was announced that FN company was selected and deliveries of this new assault rifle commenced in 2009. It is believed that the FN SCAR will gradually replace most of the current rifles (M14, M16, M4 and Mk.11) in service with US SOCOM forces.
|FN SCAR With Grenade Launcher|
|FN SCAR-H Assault Rifle|
|FN F2000 assault rifle|
The FN F2000 assault rifle is fully ambidextrous and has great ergonomics. It has a unique patented ejection system. Spent cases are ejected to the front. The FN F2000 can be used by left-handed shooters without any adjustments or modifications. The safety / fire mode selector is located under the trigger. The cocking handle is mounted on the left side, however it can be easily operated with either hand. Modularity of this assault rifle allows to modify it to suit various mission requirements. There are plenty of available add-ons and accessories.