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Architect and systems integrator Nexter, exhibiting on the KNDS booth (S8-240) at DSEI 2019 in London this week, will propose solutions, equipment and ammunition to meet the wide range of requirements emanating from its international military and security forces customer base.

Nexter offers versatile, reliable and innovative solutions that meet the operational requirements of its customers. The group has a range from armoured vehicles to artillery systems and also offers strategic sub-assemblies, such as weapon systems and ammunition or robots and embedded electronic systems.

The company is fully mobilised to meet the challenges of the SCORPION programme for the French armed forces, through development of the new VBMR-GRIFFON armoured vehicles (already in production), EBRC-JAGUAR, Lightweight VBMR-SERVAL, the modernisation of LECLERC main battle tanks and future SCORPION increments.

Nexter has a strong international presence, with numerous export successes, such as the CAESAR 8x8 sold to Denmark, the CaMo programme with Belgium and the TITUS armoured vehicle acquired by the Czech Republic. The group continues to develop its commercial presence throughout the world, with 52% of 2018 order intake intended for the export market.

On the industrial side, the relationship between Nexter and BAE Systems is part of the exceptional dynamic of Franco-British cooperation in the field of defence. The two companies, leaders in their respective countries, are celebrating the 26th anniversary of their CTAI joint venture, which has led to the development and commercial success of the 40CTA gun and 40mm cased telescoped ammunition, a real revolution in the sector. To further illustrate this fruitful cooperation, at DSEI 2019 CTAI will be present on both Nexter and BAE Systems stands.

The company will focus on two product solutions during DSEI. First of all, a copy of the 8x8 VBCI armoured vehicle equipped with a 40mm CTA turret. This version of the well-known vehicle in service in the French Army represents the very best in wheeled combat vehicles. It benefits from increased protection, an even more powerful engine, additional carrying capacity and – last but not least – exceptional firepower thanks to the new T40 CTA turret. This gun has already won over the French, Belgian (on EBRC-JAGUAR) and British (on WARRIOR and AJAX) armies.

A mock-up of the CAESAR 8x8 self-propelled artillery system will offer the opportunity for visitors to discover or rediscover a revolutionary system, whose 155mm gun is combat-proven in the French armed forces as the CAESAR 6x6. Highly modular, the CAESAR 8x8 can carry a wide range of equipment according to operational needs (secondary weapons, electronic countermeasures, smoke, fuel reserves, etc.). It can also carry up to 36 complete rounds of ammunition and offers a high level of ballistic protection (up to level 3), mine action (level 2A and 2B) and anti-IED. Finally, it has an automatic reloading system, whose speed can be configured (semi-automatic to automatic). This advanced artillery system won over the Danish ground forces, who ordered 19 CAESAR 8x8 (15 to be delivered in early 2020, 4 more in 2023).

Visitors will also be able to view the SCORPION programme vehicles – VBMR-GRIFFON, EBRC-JAGUAR, Lightweight VBMR-SERVAL and LECLERC XLR – models of which will be displayed on the KNDS stand. Nexter will also present some of the group's innovative solutions such as the FINDMP touch table, the FINDART fire support system, the NERVA robots with their payloads and various equipment, such as the EPISCOPE on several armoured vehicles and the BATCAM high-resolution day/night camera.

The GRIFFON offers mobile, protected and connected agility for ground troops. (Photo: Nexter Group)

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