FN Herstal Announces Expansions, U.S.-Made Optics Forthcoming

by
posted on June 27, 2023
Fn Herstal

Production capacity at Noptel—an FN Herstal-owned optics company in Finland—has increased with additional technical staff and an expanded plant size. The growth began in November 2022 and was completed in March of this year. The firm invested more than 1,150,000 euros in construction and hiring.

The area dedicated to manufacturing increased from 450 square meters (roughly 4,850 sq-ft.) to 620 (6,670 sq-ft.), providing ample space to meet current needs and add workstations as demand increases. In addition, this month, Noptel also announced plans to build an entire new production facility in the United States and begin a specialized electronic components line at its FN Herstal’s main plant.

Noptel began as a high-tech startup in 1982 and worked for several years in close partnership with FN Herstal. During that time, the FN fire control unit (FCU) for 40 mm grenade launchers was developed and produced by Noptel to FN Herstal specifications. In 2011, FN Herstal acquired the firm as a fully owned subsidiary.

“FN Herstal’s acquisition of Noptel 12 years ago seemed at the time a daring decision for a small arms company,” said Julien Compère, CEO of FN Herstal. “However, we now see proof that Noptel brings extremely valuable complementary skills that enable FN Herstal to provide modern, high-performance systems to our military and law enforcement customers.”

The FN FCU, now in the Mk3 third generation, it is fully in service and providing high probability of first-round hits by day or by night. The system improves operational capabilities and field performance of the 40 mm grenade launchers wearing it.

“Noptel’s location in the Tecknocent building situated in Northern Finland’s technology hub at Oulu Teknologiakylä has been a great asset,” said Noptel CEO Arto Sepponen. “the flexibility of the space will enable and support the growth and expansion of our business far into the future.”

The FN Elity is one of the company’s more recent introductions. It includes a rangefinder and ballistic solver, both visible and IR lasers and IR illumination, greatly simplify sighting corrections for long-range direct-fire precision rifles and spotting scopes.

Latest

Walther WMP
Walther WMP

Review: Walther WMP

Near the end of 2022, Walther took its handgun lineup in a fresh direction with the release of the sporting WMP pistol chambered in .22 WMR, designed for field use as a "kit gun."

Rifleman Report: Individual Liberty & Innovation

When it comes to the design, manufacture and sale of innovative firearms, the intuition and innovation of unique personalities are often the common threads that result in success.

Henry Salutes America’s Most Decorated Living Veteran

Henry Repeating Arms honors U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, our most decorated living veteran, with a limited edition rifle, which underscores the brands commitment to American heroes, past and present.

I Have This Old Gun: Jo.Lo.Ar Pistol

It was in 1919 when José de Lopez Arnaiz cleverly devised a unique single-action pistol with a moveable lever (palanca) of which enabled shooters to single-handedly chamber and cock the gun using only the index and middle fingers.

The Armed Citizen® May 27, 2024

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Preview: Camp Chef 9 Piece Professional Knife Set

In order to make the most out of harvested game, you need a set of quality food-prep tools like Camp Chef offers in its 9 Piece Professional Knife Set.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.