The FN SmartCore was rolled out at the EUROSATORY 2012 last week. Formerly known as the FN Black Box, the SmartCore is very similar to the recording devices found in airplanes that the project was originally named after.
The SmartCore is an electronic system that records and examines the firearm’s use for a variety of purposes. It does several rather mundane things like help armorers keep track of which weapons are in need of service.
One of the more interesting aspects of the recorder is its ability to transmit use information to military commanders. This allows the chain of command to know specifically which units are engaging the enemy, and at what location, without the need for radio communications.
FN claims the system is completely “transparent” to the individual soldier. In other words, the rifle operates exactly the same way it always has without any addition input or maintenance from the infantryman. Additionally, FN claims the SmartCore is light enough that it does not affect the balance of the rifle.
The SmartCore is adaptable to various weapon systems, suggesting that in addition to standard FN rifles, other types of weapons, such as machine guns and grenade launchers, could be fitted with them. It is also possible for non-FN weapon systems to be fitted with the SmartCore.
Please note that the SmartCore is obviously designed for the modern battlefield, and it is not being marketed toward the civilian world. This is not the FN version of the Chiappa Rhino RFID chip debacle.
Belgium-based small arms manufacturer FN Herstal will display the innovative FN SmartCore™, formerly known as the FN Black Box, at the international EUROSATORY trade show being held in Paris from 11 through to 15 June 2012.
The FN SmartCore™ is an electronic system which, when coupled with a weapon, analyzes and records the conditions of use of the weapon in order to reduce its life cycle cost, optimize its operational availability and communicate any exchange of fire to the upper level of command in real time using the C4I system of the infantryman.
The FN SmartCore™ is a fully automated and integrated system that can fit various types of weapons. Its operation is totally transparent to the infantryman and its light weight and location – embedded in the pistol grip or buttstock for instance -, has no impact on the balance of the weapon.
For more information and demonstration, visit FN Herstal at EUROSATORY 2012 – Hall 6, Booth no. F200 (Belgian Pavilion).