Peruvian Special Forces Buy FN SCAR-L

Members of Peru's elite Espíritus Negros parade with their SCARs reports that the Peruvian Army has awarded FN Herstal a contract for SCAR-L rifles and grenade launchers.

Peru have announced the purchase of a further 256 SCAR-L 5.56x45mm assault rifles and 24 40mm FN40GL under-barrel grenade launchers. These weapons are destined for units of Peru’s Army special forces including units assigned to the Valle de los Rios Apurimac, Ene y Mantaro (VRAEM) region, known for its cocaine production and decades-long struggle with the communist guerrilla’s organization, Shining Path.

Peru’s Marine Corps provides the country’s primary special forces, these include the Espíritus Negros and Fuerza Delta – their answer to the US’ Rangers and Delta Force. The Peruvian military feels the SCAR-L is the ideal weight for special forces operations in the country’s dense jungle regions.

Peruvian Special Forces on parade in 2011 with FN SCAR-L’s equipped with FN40GLs

This is not Peru’s first purchase from the famous Belgium small arms manufacturer having already purchased a number of bullpup F2000 and FN P90 PDWs. The Peruvian regular army is currently armed with a confusing array of infantry rifles in various calibers including M16s, M4s, AKMs, and Galils. In a move to standardize Peru is acquiring over 8,100 FN SCAR-H 7.62x51mm rifles, it deploys as standard issue rifles to some of its front line units. The $31.5 million contact for SCAR-Hs was signed in 2013 and a separate deal was made for 1,640 SCAR-Ls. The new contract brings the Peruvian inventory of 5.56 SCARs to around 3,500 rifles.

FN Herstal is also currently fulfilling another Peruvian military contract to provide the Peruvian Marine Corps with 700 new SCAR-Ls. The purchase of the smaller caliber SCAR-Ls and grenade launchers comes as the Peruvian government steps up its efforts to combat the illegal production of Cocaine in the VRAEM region and tackle increasing attacks from Communist insurgent groups in the area.

Matthew Moss is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written for a variety of publications in both the US and UK he also runs, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matthew is also co-founder of, a new video series on historically significant small arms.


  • Ευστάθιος Παλαιολόγος

    I guess FN is to Peru what IWI is to Colombia…:-)
    Seems they are sticking to caliber according to what each Unit is currently using

  • john huscio

    I thought fujimori took care of the shining path problem in the early 2000s…….guess subsequent socialist governments went soft…..

    • There’s been a recent resurgence it seems, some shootings.

    • Paul Rain

      “Hard times create strong men,
      Strong men create good times,
      Good times create weak men,
      Weak men create hard times.”

      • No one

        Man, your Nazi buddies were the weakest of the bunch by that logic then.

        (Also, why do you always like your own posts? is it because you know no one else will?)

  • Herr Wolf

    now they can post pics on Instagram with the rest of the SCAR fanbois

    • No one

      And have annoying H&K fanboys somehow blame FN for H&K’s own decision to massively overcharge for their own guns somehow!

      • Ευστάθιος Παλαιολόγος

        Although FN isn’t exactly cheap, but less expensive than HK…
        This, from a person that has been involved in procurment processes for both… 🙂

        • No one

          The joke is that said poster I quoted and someone else who went along with him in the H&K layoff thread legitimately blamed the high prices on rifles, including those from H&K on FN and the SCAR, because clearly H&K can do no wrong or something and it’s not their fault they decide to overcharge more than damn near any brand on the market even before the SCAR existed!

          Hardcore fanboys who accuse others of being fanboys are really the best thing in the firearms community.

  • No one

    Clearlt a bad decision, they could’ve got superior Teutonic H&K rifles instead!

    • Renato H M de Oliveira

      HK can’t sell to non-NATO nations. Thank you so much, Merkel!

      • Green Hell

        But they sell to civies. I just saw a brand new MR-308 in my local russian gunshop for 10.000$

        • No one

          Wow, FN should feel ashamed for making H&K charge so much for their products like that!

          Complete travesty on their part!

      • bernardg

        Yes they can.

  • 22winmag

    Obviously way too much money on their hands. Venezuela will probably invade.

    • Vitor Roma

      Hard to invade a country that doesn’t border yours.

      • Risky

        Ha! Tell that to some republicans!

  • The Forty ‘Twa

    Blackface on parade? That’s racist!

    • Paul Rain

      “That’s”? Dats racist!

      • The Forty ‘Twa

        Awfully sorry old chap, as a Brit I just cannot bring myself to type such a thing.

        Pip pip.

    • noob

      Espíritus Negros : – when Desert Tan is not tactical enough.

  • ActionPhysicalMan

    I feel my skin breaking out just looking at all that grease paint.

    • Bill

      Yeah, why wear a balaclava or 99 cent ski mask when you can go full Earl Scheib? Bet it’s a lot of fun in the heat.

      • Major Tom

        It’s probably for mosquitoes.

  • Reuven Mizraha

    Parades are for weak unprofessional armies with an inferiority complex. There’s a reason you don’t see America or Israel doing them.