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FN Herstal is part of Herstal Group that is known around the globe for the quality of its products. Under the brands FN Herstal, Browning and Winchester, Herstal Group designs, manufactures and distributes a full range of firearms and accessories for defense, law enforcement, hunting and marksmanship.
Herstal Group has its headquarters in Herstal, a suburb of Liege, Belgium, and offices in several other European countries, North America and Asia.
Herstal Group has two internationally renowned subsidiaries:
- FN Herstal, whose expertise lies in Defense and Law Enforcement business, and
- Browning, who commercializes the Browning and Winchester trademarks and is a world leader in hunting, shooting and outdoor.
Each subsidiary has its own research, development and manufacturing facilities, and its own selling network.
Since 1997, Herstal Group has been 100% owned by the Walloon Region of Belgium. With manufacturing locations in Belgium, US, Portugal and Japan, the global Herstal Group provides employment to a workforce of about 3,000 people.
A Worldwide Presence
Just like Herstal Group's headquarters, FN Herstal is located in Herstal, Belgium, at the heart of Europe, the European Union and NATO. The Herstal facilities house all Departments in charge of designing, developing, testing, manufacturing, marketing and selling light and portable weapons, integrated weapon systems and ammunition to Military and Law Enforcement Agencies worldwide.
FN Herstal is the 100% parent company of two U.S. entities:
FN Manufacturing, established in Columbia, South Carolina, is the U.S. manufacturing arm of FN Herstal and is currently producing M249 light machine guns, M240 medium machine guns and M16 rifles, among others. FN Manufacturing is one of only three manufacturers designated by the U.S. Government as the domestic industry base for small arms production. 70% of the small arms used by U.S. Armed Forces around the world bear the FN name.
FNH USA, located in Mc Lean, Virginia, is the U.S. sales and marketing arm of FN Herstal.
In addition, FN Herstal also relies on a worldwide sales network that guarantees customers a local support on the international level.
Firearms Tradition and Technological Innovation
FN Herstal has a long history of weapon manufacturing excellence, dating back to 1889 when many of the region's arms makers joined together to complete a large contract for 150,000 military rifles for the Belgian government under the original company name of Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre.
From the very start, FN Herstal has focused on innovation and product improvement, resulting in the development and production of a large number of state-of-the-art weapons and associated products being renowned and used by Military and Law Enforcement operators around the globe. This accounts for FN Herstal establishing in the last fifty years a position of worldwide leadership in the small arms market.
Major Product Achievements
In the seventies, FN Herstal developed the 5.56x45mm SS109 round that became the NATO Standard 5.56mm cartridge and the 5.56x45mm MINIMI™ light machine gun. The MINIMI™ has been adopted by over 45 countries over the globe.
Alongside these new products, FN Herstal, in cooperation with Rheinmetall Canada, designed and developed an Advanced Reconnaissance and Remotely Operated Weapon Station (ARROWS™). This can be equipped with either a 7.62mm or a .50 Cal. machine gun, offering total protection for the gunner since it is aimed and fired from beneath armor.
In 2006, FN Herstal expanded its machine gun range with the new lightweight machine gun MINIMI™ 7.62 chambered in 7.62x51mm caliber.
Quality and Reliability
For more than 100 years, FN Herstal has successfully equipped generations of soldiers, airmen and marines. Its solid reputation can be attributed to its rigorous professional ethics, its ongoing effort to achieve foremost quality and its commitment to efficient service and outstanding customer support. Every weapon FN Herstal builds proudly bears the FN oval, a mark that represents more than a century of experience making the finest weapons in the world.