The Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) international business unit was created in 2012 as an alliance of four companies owned by Beretta Holding (i.e., Beretta, Benelli, Sako and Steiner) to serve government, military and law enforcement customers. Beretta Defense Technologies is an alliance of four market leading companies, masters of excellence and new world thinkers owned by Beretta Holdings, who have focused their combined technical prowess and now form a single source contact, supplying the operational needs of Military & Law Enforcement personnel worldwide. These founding companies of Beretta Defense Technologies produce some of the finest weaponry and equipment in their category Beretta, Benelli, Sako, and Steiner. Other International holdings include Turkish firearms manufacturer and distributor Stoeger Silah Sanayi in Istanbul, distributor Russian Eagle in Moscow, NightLaser Technologies in São Paulo and WanCai optical company in Chongqing.
Time proven and operationally tested, the centuries have passed and simply underlined Beretta as one of the premium names in the defense and Law Enforcement sectors. Producing the widest range of small firearms in the world from the most state-of-the-art facilities in the industry, the oldest firearms factory (officially documented since 1526), and one of the most successful has been passed down through 15 generations of the Beretta family and now exports over 75% of the weapons produced to over 100 countries. Beretta`s firearms have been adopted as the standard issue sidearm for many armed forces, elite units and law enforcement agencies worldwide including the 92FS semi automatic pistol which is the official handgun of the US Marine Corps. Believed by many to be the greatest pistol ever made, the 92FS has redefined the standard for operational reliability. The next generation of semi-automatic techno-polymer 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 standard. The combination of high tech modern materials and ergonomics have led to the Mx4 Storm sub machine gun and the Cx4 Storm Carbine, both equally formidable in hostile environments or with close protection units.
A highly reputable manufacturer and market leader of tactical shotguns, Benelli has introduced numerous milestones in the military light-weapons industry including the M4, M3 and Nova. Benelli is also internationally renowned for the first-ever introduction of the inertia system, featured in the semi-auto dual purposes M3 and in the M2. Recognized as a leader in new technologies, Benelli patented the A.R.G.O. system (Auto Regulating Gas Operated), a revolutionary self-regulating and self-cleaning gas operated system with rotating bolt head lock, that guarantees unparalleled performance. Thanks to this innovative technology, Benelli secured the contract for equipping the U.S. Marine Corps with the M4 tactical shotgun in 1998, and has since become the official service combat shotgun of the UN Blue Helmets as well. The A.R.G.O. System is currently featured in the entire M4 family and also on the brand new MR1 rifle, adopted by police and LE patrols worldwide. Benelli products are used by armed forces and law enforcement agencies throughout the world, and Benelli combat shotguns have seen active service in nearly all the major conflicts in the last 10 years, in the hands of some of the most prestigious end users.
The effective application of precise force at long ranges requires an exacting level of design, craftsmanship, and exacting manufacturing in both the weapon and ammunition. Beretta Defense Technologies partner Sako Ltd. is recognized by professional long range marksmen as the ultimate evolution of the complete precision rifle system, combining the manufacturing of premium rifles and tuned ammunition under one roof. Decade after decade of exacting design, testing, manufacturing and craftsmanship has earned Sako the reputation as the world’s leading integrator of state of the art sniper rifles and finely tuned match grade ammunition.
Steiner Optics, Beretta Defense Technologies optical solutions arm, has been entrusted to provide the highest level of quality optics and aiming solutions by leading defense and enforcement organizations. Additionally, Steiner is trusted by seafaring professionals the world over to provide trusted, durable and crystal clear optics. Proven to the highest standard of durability, reliability and clarity by the most demanding military customer in the world, Steiner Optics is a trusted partner in the harshest of environments. In order to better fulfill it’s “any condition, any lighting” objective, in 2013 Steiner Optics expanded with the acquisition of Laser Devices, Inc. Founded in 1979, Laser Devices is the original pathfinder in small arms visible and infrared laser aiming and illumination technology. Steiner has continued and expanded on this legacy through expansion of our capabilities, codified in the evolution of Laser Devices into Steiner eOptics®; allowing for the full integration of optical, thermal, IR, and laser aiming and illumination into a true full spectrum capabilities system.