POTD: FN SCAR with FN FCU Mk3 Fire Control Unit for 40 mm Grenades

    Polymer Of The Day, as there’s a lot of it in today’s Photo from FN Herstal which was released as part of their promotion around SOFIC 2019 (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) held in Florida, USA, between May 20 – 23.

    We see a soldier with an FN SCAR 16, FN40 Grenade Launcher and an FN FCU Mk3. There is a remote control for the FCU close to the trigger of the Grenade Launcher.

    The sight looks like an Aimpoint red dot sight and the soldier has a Night Vision Goggle on his helmet. It looks like a heavy rig to carry. Front heavy as well, but with a lot of firepower.

    If you look closely you can see an empty case just about to exit the chamber.

    More about the FN FCU Mk3 below:

    The FN® FCU Mk3 Fire Control Unit provides a complete sighting and aiming solution for 40mm LV and MV grenade launchers. It calculates the trajectory of grenades and gives an adjusted point of aim enabling the grenadier to obtain first round hits in all conditions – night and day.

    The FN® FCU Mk3 comprises a laser range finder; a large aiming window for easy target acquisition; sensors for temperature, angles of elevation, and cant ; a ballistic calculator ; and a self-adjusting electronic reticle. It also has a quick detach base through a MIL-STD-1913 type interface and one hand activated lever.

    When combined, all these features help to dramatically increase the hit probability of the 40mm grenade system in defense and security operations, and embody FN Herstal’s motto of “Enhancing capability through e-technology”.

    The FN® FCU Mk3 can be fitted onto any rifles or carbines – such as the FN SCAR® (FN® MK 16 or 17) assault rifle featuring an underslung grenade launcher, onto stand-alone launchers such as FN40GL®-S (FN® MK13) or onto multi-shot grenade launchers.

    The FN® e-novation range also includes the FN® SAM and the FN® Expert solutions. The FN® SAM solution combines the FN SmartCore® shot counter and an associated software that ensures optimized digital small arms management. The FN® Expert is a marksmanship training system for carbines, rifles and recoilless rifles that is safe, efficient and easy to use for both shooters and instructors.

    You can visit FN Herstal to find out more about their range of products.

    You can check SOFIC 2019 here.

    For more details on the FN FCU please check TFB’s previous articles here and here.