Monday Feb 13, 2012
Beretta Defense Technologies
BERETTA DEFENSE TECHNOLOGIES:
THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE
Beretta Defense Technologies is an alliance of four market leading companies:
Beretta, Benelli, Sako and Steiner. These founding companies of Beretta
Defense Technologies have been globally well known through decades of
leadership, innovation and investment and now form a single source contact
for the high tech military & law enforcement hardware they are renowned for.
Masters of excellence, these firms are owned by the Beretta Holding Group,
who have focused their combined technical prowess to form now a single source
contact, supplying the operational needs of military & Law Enforcement
Beretta Defense Technology is a concept that has grown from the needs of
governments and agencies to cover a wide range of complicated scenarios,
by providing with the unique combination of services, weaponry and
equipment – from firearms, ammunition, optronics to tactical clothing – in order
to match every operational needs.
Over 1200 people are employed in the Beretta Defense Technologies’ manufacturing
process and are highly dedicated.
Each company, which is part of Beretta Defense Technologies, represents a real
centre of excellence, thanks largely to a continuous investment in personnel and the
purchase of state-of-the-art machinery and technology. In addition,
thousands of working hours and an important financial investment are dedicated
every year to courses for quality, work, safety and the environment.
BERETTA DEFENSE TECHNOLOGIES:
OBJECTIVES AND AIMS
Modern soldiers & law enforcement officers face an environment that requires precision
and force, tact but persuasion, to engage yet remain out of harms reach. Tools
and capabilities, ranging from firearms to specialist apparel and equipment, are
evaluated by the experts of Beretta Defence Technologies, after listening closely to
managements goals and requirements, and are constructed to assure the best
Highly complex engineering techniques have been applied to resolve once intractable
operational constraints that led to a stalemate situation or worse still, failure. Now,
with the aid of Beretta Defense Technologies` expertise and capabilities it is possible
to take decisive actions with a positive outcome.
A network of operation and distribution services based in over 60 countries support
Beretta Defense Technologies` customers. These aids to communication and logistical
back up are useful to achieve our aim for an effective, long term partnership arrangement.
A global initiative for global customers wanting support which is situated
nearer to their operating base.
Beretta Defense Technologies grants efficiency, as it is able to:
• provide military & law enforcement officers with the best fit solution for their
• to be a reference point, comprising of experts in their fields who are able to listen
to different requirements, survey any given situation and match operational needs
with state of the art technology and armaments available;
• integrate solutions for a cost effective and politically manageable proposal;
• be a collective expertise, aiming to form a relationship based upon trust and
confidence, leading to a long term partnership arrangement;
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION
Beretta Defense Technologies means excellence thanks to the knowledge and
the commitment of over 110 people employed in Research & Development. Each
specialist operates in its own R&D department fully integrated with each other, in
order to give a unified single project approach. Beretta’s experts lead the way for
new product development which they achieve by constantly monitoring the key
factors that impact on them, increasing in the process not only their personal
expertise, but also creating the synergy required for a long term commitment to
new products development. Beretta Defense Technologies dedicates large financial
investment and specialized personnel within the field of research and innovation
through a deep cooperation with leading companies and universities, in order
to develop constantly advanced technology, services and products. Thanks to
centuries of expertise, know-how and recognized excellence, these days Beretta
Defense Technologies can boast hundreds of patents in many different sectors.
This focus has led to design and implement the New Product Development
Platform, a highly effective system of development which is used to involve a team
encapsulating the diversity of input and formally applied in coordination with the
Advanced Product Quality Planning, a new system for monitoring the micro and
macro factors involved, indicating whether the new product will be successful. Such
a combination aids teams, assigned to bring to fruition a new product and to work
in a coordinated systematic manner. Finally, Beretta assure a Robust Design system
of pre-production testing, which allows to develop new ideas and products without
manufacturing and to give the R&D department a powerful advantage.
According to the logic of simultaneous engineering, every project is followed in an
integrative manner from planning to production, with the involvement of all relevant
participants cooperating in co-design. Furthermore, several computer simulated
and laboratory based processes are available for proofing solutions, including
experienced designers, sophisticated software back up, virtual prototyping,
physical tests to ensure projected qualities, test benches made by expert personnel.
A SOLUTION PACKAGE
Beretta Defense Technologies is a complete solution package integrated with customers’
requirements to provide tailor made solutions. To be more closed to any
specific need and demand, Beretta has developed several and different part of a
SPIRAL AUGMENTATION: every existing weapon and equipment can be improved,
upgraded or augmented to increase its operational capability or to meet specific
ONE STOP SOLUTION: Beretta Defense Technologies can mould its package conclusion
to fully incorporate competitors products into its blueprint. In addition Beretta’s
expertise allows to study any weapon system and, through testing, analysis and
re-engineering, redefine its capabilities to suit a new theatre of operation.
TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY: strategic agreements with Defense or Law Enforcement
administration bodies to share knowhow and technology to establish local
CO-DESIGN: Beretta Defense Technologies works closely with Military and Law Enforcement
agencies to ensure complete satisfaction with operational capabilities.
At the same time, cooperation with universities and leading companies involved in
cutting edge sectors keep Beretta Defense Technologies aware of the new technologies
but also actively involved in their development. This allows swift implementation
of these technologies with clients’ individual requirements.
TRAINING: Beretta Defense Technologies offers a comprehensive range of firearms,
training programs based on three levels: regular end user, specialized personnel
(gunsmiths) and advanced end user (ie. special forces advanced training).
SHOOTING RANGES AND TRAINING: test weapons and train personnel with short,
medium and long range shooting incorporating specific scenarios.
OFFSET AGREEMENTS: Beretta Defense Technologies is now a major player in
addressing the requirements of public departments that need to be offered finite
tailored packages, from industrial cooperation and technology transfer to counter
trading through an array of partners.
LESS THAN LETHAL: development and supply of means for law enforcement personnel
to minimize threats without the need to use lethal force. The use of cutting
edge technologies by Beretta Defense Technologies in the field of optronics, munitions
and firearm manufacture have led to the implementation of the constant kinetic
energy system of non-lethal force as a tool for the task.
BERETTA DEFENSE TECHNOLOGIES:
FABBRICA D'ARMI PIETRO BERETTA
Founded in 1526 and based in Gardone Valtrompia, Italy, is the world’s oldest and
largest manufacturer of small firearms and partner of many international Defense and
Law Enforcement agencies.
The oldest firearms factory in the world (officially documented since 1526), and one
of the most successful, Fabbrica d’armi Pietro Beretta has been passed down through
15 generations of the Beretta family and is part of Beretta Holdings. In the centuries
Beretta has proven to be as one of the premium names in the Defense and Law
Enforcement sectors. From the most state-of-the-art facilities in the industry, Beretta
produces an extensive range of small firearms, exporting over 75% to more than 100
Beretta’s firearms have been adopted as the standard issue sidearm for many armed
forces, special forces and Law Enforcement agencies worldwide. The largest military
contract for sidearms, since the second world war, was won in 2009 by Beretta to
supply US Forces with the 92FS semi automatic pistol, widely acknowledged as
the greatest pistol ever realized with millions of pieces sold worldwide. The next
generation of semi-automatic technopolymer handguns have been given their
benchmark by Beretta’s recently released Px4 Storm series and in the field of assault
weapons the ARX100 automatic rifle platform and GLX160 grenade launcher are
redefining the standards.
The combination of high tech modern materials and ergonomics have led to the Mx4
Storm sub machine gun and to the Cx4 Storm Carbine, both equally formidable in
hostile environments or with close protection units.
Founded in 1967 and based in Urbino, Italy, Benelli has been part of the Beretta Holding
Group since 1983. Nowadays, Benelli is a world renowned producer of tactical
semi-automatics, rifles and pump action shotguns.
A highly reputable manufacturer and market leader of tactical shotguns, producing
the fastest acting semi-automatic shotgun in the world. Benelli has been making
shotguns since inventing a new operating system for smooth barrel semiautomatics,
which is regarded as a milestone in the world of shotgun development due to
the revolutionary inertial operating system and its safe and reliable mechanical
Benelli supplies armed forces, Law Enforcement agencies and civilians throughout
the world. Its combat shotguns have seen active service nearly in all the major
conflicts of the last 10 years, proving their systems in the hands of some of the most
prestigious end users in the world.
In 1998 Benelli won the contract for equipping the U.S. marine corps with the new
M4 semi automatic tactical shotgun. The M4 is also the official service combat
shotgun of the UN Blue Helmets.
Sako Ltd. is located in Riihimäki, Finland and was established in 1921. As a world
renowned sniper rifle and ammunition maker, Sako is globally recognized as one of
the pioneers of sniper rifles and high quality ammunition.
Sako produces some of the finest sniper rifles in the world, both for the Military
and Law Enforcement agencies, which are in service worldwide. The accuracy and
precision of their rifles have given them an enviable reputation with special forces
around the world with the TRG22 and TRG42 being the weapons of choice for many
sniper teams. These rifles form part of the TRG PRS military sniper platform supplied
by Sako and can incorporate a range of accessories and ammunition to create a
complete sniper system. Their range of specialized ammunition is guaranteed to
give consistent performance when taking on targets at medium & long range.
In 2000 Sako Ltd became part of the Beretta Holding Group of companies, boosting
their manufacturing and commercial operations, making them a world class player
in the global bolt-action rifle market.
A German company based in Bayreuth, Steiner was established in 1947 and joined
the Beretta group in 2009. the leading German manufacturer of military binoculars
and rifle scopes.
Steiner is one of the most advanced manufacturers of military binoculars and rifle
scopes in the world. A specialist in the field of Optronics, supplying official issue
binoculars and rifle scopes for many armed forces & Law Enforcement agencies
worldwide including special forces, naval and artillery units. A premium supplier to
US Forces, who are also renowned for being one of the most demanding, Steiner
has won the biggest contract by the US government for binoculars ever awarded.
Steiner`s use of nanotechnology in coatings has led to produce light transmission
quality optical equipment, which allows optimum image quality even in low light
Steiner is a pioneer industry, leader in the use of laser protection filters for binoculars,
distinguished by the incorporation of innovating design and high technology in their