A friend of ours asked us the following question.
Is this the same company that makes the 40mm guns in the Specter? Our answer was as follow:
Hai, it same company. It funny in way though because the Bofors 40mm on USAF Specter is anti aircraft tube artillery. It smallest one they make. Yet with the Spectre and Spooky gunships this weapon is now use as a ground attack weapon, and a very effective one also. It very old system too. Date back to 2nd World War. They call the Bofors Quad because they put 4 of these cannon in single, open turret and ship design to protect Carrier like Destroyer and Light Gun Cruiser and Heavy Gun Cruiser could carry from 8 to 40 of these weapons. Smaller ship have 8 and some Heavy Gun Cruiser would have up to 40 of them. It was all ship worthless but Carrier. Must do anything, sacrifice anything, kill anyone who got in way in order to protect the Carrier. The Carriers themselves would have 20, 5 inch cannon and 20 Bofors 40mm in 5 Quads.
Today, Bofors is own outright by Saab Motor Company. They still make the Bofors 40 but not much market for them anymore and unusual use like for 40mm cannon on Specter is one of few niche market for this weapon left. Saab/Bofors also make 88mm and 128mm anti aircraft tube artillery. These have bigger market today than the old 40.
Source 1: R. Lee Ermey show, Mail Call, on Military History Channel.
Source 2: Saab/Bofors
Source 3: Lockheed/Martin... AC-130 Specter
Source 4: US Air Force Special Operations Command
Source 5: Wikipedia have nice pictures at Lockheed AC-130 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Also Bofors make other kind weaponry too, and include: 37mm cannon and 152mm anti-tank cannon. (That last one is very big gun.)
This is the FN FNC, the Father of the AK 5 Basic and is still an Outstanding Rifle in our Series of AK Style Rifles in the evolution of the Swedish make AK 5.
The FN FNC
Here are basic stats on this rifle. Ryo and little brother will post more information about how this rifle fit in line from older AK 47 to modern AK 5 Basic of the Swedish Army and Special Forces.
Type S. U. R
Place of origin Belgium
Used by See Users
Wars Anti-guerrilla operations in Indonesia, 2007 Lebanon conflict, Conflict in the Niger Delta
Designer Fabrique Nationale de Herstal
Manufacturer Fabrique Nationale de Herstal, Bofors Ordnance, PT Pindad
Weight 3.840 kg (8.47 lb) (standard rifle)
3.7 kg (8.2 lb) (carbine)
Length 997 mm (39.3 in) stock extended / 766 mm (30.2 in) stock folded (rifle)
911 mm (35.9 in) stock extended / 667 mm (26.3 in) stock folded (carbine)
Barrel length 449 mm (17.7 in) (rifle)
363 mm (14.3 in) (carbine)
Width 70 mm (2.8 in) stock extended
75 mm (3.0 in) stock folded
Height 238 mm (9.4 in)
Cartridge 5.56x45mm NATO
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire Approx. 625-675 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity M193: 965 m/s (3,166 ft/s)
SS109: 925 m/s (3,034.8 ft/s)
Effective range 250 to 450 m sight adjustments
Feed system 30-round detachable box magazine (STANAG system)
Sights Rear flip aperture, front post
513 mm (20.2 in) sight radius (standard rifle)
LittleDragon and Little Brother
PS Special thanks to little brother for his assistance with editing this article.