Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal (FNH) has developed and manufactured some of the world’s most successful small arms, and its foray into bullpup service rifles would demonstrate the same innovation and extreme reliability that made its rifles, medium- and heavy-machine guns the choice of dozens of modern militaries.
But this was not the company’s first date with a bullpup. FNH was able to build on and incorporate lessons learned from the P90, a very successful personal defense weapon (PDW) chambered for the 5.7x28mm cartridge that was developed in the late ’80s and introduced in 1990. But since the rifle was designed strictly as a PDW, it had limitations. Urban dustups in Grozny and Mogadishu pointed to the fact that bullpup rifles were the way forward, especially in combat environments. The widely accepted 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge was the obvious chambering. In 1995, FNH engineers started working on the design with the goal of
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