Asia Pacific Defence ReporterFN Herstal announced a first major order of FN Elity ballistic calculators, manufactured in Europe (ITAR-free) and for use by French snipers and designated marksmen. In early 2022, the Battle-Lab Terre (BLT) – Ground Forces Battle Lab –, a structure created with the aim of boosting innovation within the French Army, acquired a first batch of FN Elity and initiated a test phase with French units composed of snipers and designated marksmen.

This phase, which lasted several months, enabled operational shooters to successfully test and evaluate the ballistic calculator on various weapon platforms: 12.7mm rifles and 7.62mm sniper/precision rifles (PGM and FN SCAR-H PR). Most importantly, it demonstrated how the FN Herstal ballistic calculator considerably improves the shooter’s performance, reduces “detection-neutralisation” time by 40 percent and improves shooting accuracy by 25 percent. It also lightens the equipment carried by snipers by six kilos.

“This first project for innovation conducted with the company FN Herstal went particularly well, mostly due to the excellent collaboration between the Battle-Lab Terre and the Belgian manufacturer. It ends well since it demonstrates the effectiveness of the system and leads to the acquisition of a first batch that benefits French forces. It thus opens the door to further acquisitions for full-service capacity, the terms and timing of which are yet to be defined, and to other collaborations with FN Herstal,” said squadron leader Tanguy de Brosse, in charge of the project at the BLT.

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