NZ Army H&K Grenade Machine Gun with Vingmate FCS

    The NZ Army emailed me this video of their new 40mm H&K Grenade Machine Guns (H&K GMG).

    The H&K GMG is very similar to and fills the same role as the Mk. 19 Grenade Launcher.

    As I frequently say, “don’t buy a rifle automatic grenade launcher if you are not going buy a decent scope”. The NZ Army went with the Rheinmetall Defence Vingmate FCS electro-optical system.

    The Fire Control Unit (scope) is mounted alongside the barrel and connected to the Display Control Unit (display) mounted above the receiver. This allows the operator to rotate and tilt the display as required independently on the direction of the barrel (you can see a soldier looking into the display at a downwards angle in the video). The system includes a ballistic computer, range finder and GPS increasing the chances of first hitm, and so saving ammunition and avoiding collateral damage. The Vingmate can be used for direct fire, indirect fire, area suppressions and airburst.

    The image below shows what a soldier might see looking at the Vingmate FCS display unit.

    The Vingmate FCS daytime scope has a 5x zoom, the display unit has a 800×600 resolution and the entire system weighs 12.7 lbs (excluding battery!).

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!