Two armored vehicle manufacturers, Renault Trucks Defense and Streit, have selected the deFNder® Remote Weapon Station designed, developed and manufactured by Belgian small arms manufacturer FN Herstal to equip their vehicles at the international IDEX 2013 trade show to be held in Abu Dhabi from 17 to 21 February 2013.
Renault Trucks Defense will display the deFNder® Light equipped with a 7.62x51mm cal FN MAG® machine gun on its Sherpa SW vehicle whilst Streit will show the deFNder® Medium featuring the .50 cal FN M3R™ machine gun on its Scorpion 4x4 vehicle.
The deFNder® Remote Weapon Stations, available in Light or Medium version, were designed and developed around a same philosophy. They feature unique elevation and depression angles, which is particularly critical in urban and irregular warfare. They both offer an open architecture, accepting any types of sight modules and a wide choice of FN weapons – from 5.56 to 7.62 cal machine gun for the Light model and from 5.56 to .50 cal machine gun, plus 40mm AGL, for the Medium model. The deFNder® Medium Remote Weapon Station can integrate the exclusive .50 cal FN M3R™ machine gun, with outstanding high firing rate (1,100 RPM).
The deFNder® Remote Weapon Stations can easily be integrated onto any new or existing vehicles or static platforms, and are available with various options, e.g. add-on modular ballistic protection, gyroscopic stabilization, sniper shot detectors, tracking systems, smoke grenade launchers, to name just a few.
In addition, FN Herstal is taking part in the Battlenet concept developed by Renault Trucks Defense. This new concept allows quick interconnection of various devices using the same communication protocol. This, combined with the specific features of the deFNder®, makes the vehicles very easy to upgrade throughout their life cycle.
Both the deFNder® Light and Medium will be on display also on FN Herstal booth at IDEX 2013 (Belgian Pavilion, hall 12, booth no. C20).
FN Herstal product inventory includes handguns, submachine guns, assault and precision rifles, light, medium and heavy machine guns, fire control systems, shot counters, less lethal launchers, and integrated weapon systems for airborne, land and sea applications. Most of the inventory will be on show at IDEX 2013.