Length (with folded stock)
925 - 965
Cyclic rate of fire
625 - 750 rpm
Range of effective fire
Nationale Carbine or FNC was designed in Belgium by Fabrique Nationale (FN)
during 1975-1977. It evolved from a commercially unsuccessful FN CAL
assault rifle, that had no significant sales. Production of the FNC
began in 1979. This assault rifle had
some export success. It has been exported to Congo, Indonesia,
Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Tonga, and Venezuela. It was adopted by Belgian
armed forces only in 1989 and replaced a venerable
Production ceased in 1999. Its modified versions
were license-produced in Indonesia and Sweden.
FN tried to
design an inexpensive and not too complex weapon that would be
competitive on the market. Expensive precision-machined parts were
replaced by less expensive castings and stampings where possible.
The FN went
with a global trend and designed a weapon chambered for a smaller
caliber ammunition. The FNC is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45
It is a
gas-operated weapon. Overall its operating mechanism strongly
resembles that of
Kalashnikov assault rifle, but it was adapted to more advanced
production methods and is made of more sophisticated materials. Also
it has some features of the
some other designs. It has been reported that
the FN FNC is very reliable.
rifle has a three-round selector system, which allows the weapon to
fire a three-round burst with each trigger pull. Also the FNC can
fire in semi-auto and full-auto modes.
The FNC is
fed from 30-round steel magazines. This assault rifle is compatible
with all standard NATO 5.56 mm magazines.
Weapon has a
side-folding stock. It is made of steel and is covered with plastic.
When folded it does not obstructs the trigger. A solid non-foldable
plastic stock was proposed as an option.
Iron sights have
adjustment for 250 or 400 meters. However the FN FNC can be also
used on longer ranges. This weapon can be fitted with various
optics, but requires an adapter.
The FNC can
be fitted with bayonet or bipod. This weapon can launch rifle
FN FNC standard
assault rifle. In Belgian service it is referred as FN FNC M2;
FN FNC Para
has a 10 cm shorter barren and shorter foregrip. In Belgian service it is referred
as FN FNC M3. This weapon lacks capability to launch rifle grenades.
Also there are semi-automatic versions of this carbine, intended for
law enforcement forces and civil customers;
5 or AK-5 is a Swedish license-produced version of the FNC with a
number modifications to suit Swedish armed forces requirements. Most
modifications were made in order to adapt the Belgian weapon for the
harsh Northern climate. The AK-5 was adopted in 1986 as a standard
issue infantry rifle;
it is a modified version of the FNC produced under license in
Indonesia. In 1982 Indonesia purchased 10 000 FN FNC rifles. In 1984
Pindad acquired a license to produce this weapon locally.
Modifications were made to adapt this assault rifle for jungle
climate conditions. This weapon was adopted in 1991 and became a
standard issue infantry rifle. Since 2006 this assault rifle is
being replaced by an updated
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