FN's Fabrique Nationale Carabine was the company's first successful entry into the 5.56x45mm assault rifle market. Rather than attempting to scale down the earlier FAL (an effort which had already failed once with the ill-fated FN CAL), FN's engineers chose to base the rifle's internal workings on those of the proven AK-47. The FNC is considered to have an acceptable level of reliability for military service, though users frequently have issue with its relatively heavy trigger pull. The FNC was manufactured in both full-length and carbine versions and with both fixed and side-folding stocks. Semiautomatic-only variants were sold on the law enforcement and civilian markets.
During the Twilight War, FNCs saw use mainly in South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. In the European theatre, it was the standard-issue infantry rifle of the Belgian military. Swedish forces deployed a modified license-built variant designated AK 5.
The Swedish Ak 5 is a license-built FN FNC. Modifications to the original design include optimization for winter/arctic conditions and deletion of the FNC's three-round burst setting. The design entered production in 1985 and received a modernization upgrade (mainly ergonomic in nature, but also adding a rail system for mounting optics and accessories) in the mid-2000s. Rather than initiating new production, existing Ak 5s were re-arsenaled by Bofors. By the time of Sweden's entry into the Twilight War, all front-line Swedish troops were carrying the end results of this program, the full-length Ak 5C. The compact Ak 5D, likewise a modernization of the existing platform with a shortened barrel, was issued in limited quantities to vehicle crews and special operations personnel.
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