FM Granada

After a successful acquisition in 2020, one of the oldest munitions factories in the world – Fábrica de Municiones de Granada, became part of the MSM group. The first reference of the FMG factory dates back to 1324, which means that it is celebrating incredible 700 years.

Let`s have a look together at this unique in the defence industry.

Unique anniversary

On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the first written reference of the factory, known today as FMG, a significant celebration was going to take place in Granada, Spain.

The rich cultural heritage and the passion for tradition that characterize Andalusia were linked to the history of the factory. The programme was in the style of Andalusian traditions, featuring the real Andalusian cuisine and performances by Spanish artists.

First mentions
of the company

Historical records show that the first gunpowder produced in what is now known as Granada appeared during the reign of the Sultanate of Granada. It is said that Gunpowder was used in 1324 when Ismail I. of Granada from the Nasrid dynasty besieged the city of Huéscar. This is exactly where the history of FMG begins.

The invention
of the printing

Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press in Europe and two years later the word`s first book, a two-volume Bible, was printed. At that time, gunpowder had been produced in Granada for over hundred years.

of America

Christopher Columbus, an Italian navigator in the service of Spain, discovered America. Columbus set sail on his journey on August 3, 1492 with the aim of finding a new route to Asia with three vessels: Niňa, Pinta and Santa María. The discovery of America is considered as the beginning of the European colonisation of the New World. Our factory also “remembers” this event.

1503 - 1506
The creation
of the most
famous portrait

Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance master, painted the Mona Lisa one of the most famous paintings in the world. The painting passed through several owners and has eventually ended up in the collection of the Louvre in Paris, where it became an icon of art. At the time of its discovery, our factory had had almost 200 years of experience.

The premiere
of Shakespeare`s

William Shakespeare`s Romeo and Juliet, one of the most famous plays, premiered around this year. The factory, today known as FMG had been approaching its 300th anniversary.


The genius Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravitation, which he published in the most extensive study Mathematica Principles of Natural Philosophy. How had our factory managed to function for 318 years without the law of gravity?

Tesla`s era of

An invention was born that changed the world forever. Nikola Tesla invented the electric generator and thus brought huge progress for manufacturing and industrialisation. Undoubtedly, it also helped the FMG factory. Production had been running there for more than 560 years.

The beginnings
of football

In this year, the history of the iconic football club FC Barcelona began to be written. A few years later, in 1902, Real Madrid CF was founded. Since then, both clubs have been among the most famous and successful football clubs in the world. Who did the employees of our 570-year-old factory cheer for?

on the Moon

The Apollo 11 mission made history when Neil Armstrong became the first man to land on the Moon. This moment was watched live by 600 million people. The FMG factory also witnessed this event. It had existed for exactly 645 years.

We are celebrating
an impressive

700 years have passed since the first written reference of Fábrica de Municiones de Granada. How many years does FMG still have ahead of it?


MSM Group is an industrial-technological holding that united traditional companies with a long history in the defence industry – ZVS holding, VOP Nováky, VÝVOJ Martin, FM Granada. These companies cover the complete life cycle of munitions from development and production through inspection and life extension of munitions up to disposal. In addition, they develop and manufacture defence equipment, including tank defence systems and special containers designed for the need of the armed forces.

In the civil sector, they specialise in the production of radar or mobile air traffic control towers. MSM Group is part of the multinational holding CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP a.s. (CSG), Defence Division. CSG covers the activities of more than hundreds of companies and trading companies located all over the world.