In early 2022, the Ground Forces Battle Lab (Battle-Lab Terre – BLT), 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-neutralization” time by 40% and improves shooting accuracy by 25%. It also lightens the equipment carried by snipers by 6 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 atiming of which are yet to be defined, and to other collaborations with FN Herstal”, explains squadron leader Tanguy de Brosse, in charge of the project at the BLT.
In accordance with Army procedures, the order was passed by SIMMT (integrated structure for the maintenance in operational condition of land equipment), in charge of the acquisition of this type of equipment for use by French Forces.