Machine Gun Pods

Self-contained airborne pod systems based on an all-in-one concept, including the exclusive .50 cal FN® M3P machine gun

FN Herstal integrates its well-known .50 cal FN® M3P machine gun into a range of fixed forward-firing pods. Fitted with standard lugs, the pods can be carried by helicopters and subsonic aircraft equipped with 14’’ NATO standard suspension masts. Depending on configuration, they come with 250 rounds (FN® D-HMP250) or 400 rounds (FN® D-HMP400) ammunition boxes, with links collector or links and cases collector, with or without 70mm (2.75’’) rocket launcher tubes (FN® D-RMP), reconfigurable thanks to existing conversion kits. Each pod version is available in analog or digital configuration. They can be operated from FN or non-FN Armament Management Systems (AMS). FN® pods are part of the FN® Airborne Digital Suite, together with the FN® D-PC (digital Pod Controller), FN® D-INT (digital intervalometer) and FN® D-HUD (digital Head-UP Display sighting system).

Key benefits

  • .50 cal FN® M3P machine gun especially designed by FN Herstal for airborne operations

  • High rate of fire (1,100 RPM per pod) – short time on target

  • Maximum accuracy

  • Each Pod version is MIL-STD-1760 compliant

  • Lightweight

  • High firepower combining .50 cal and rockets

  • Low drag coefficient

  • Soft mount to reduce impact on carrier

  • Spent links (and cases) collector

  • Anti cook-off device

  • Only officially qualified fixed-forward firing solution for the FN® M3P