Nexter, a land defense systems manufacturer and integrator and Europe’s third largest manufacturer of ammunition, air-land and naval equipment, reaffirms its presence in Africa.
Building on its expertise gained notably through the deployment of 8x8 Infantry Fighting Vehicle VBCI, self-propelled 155mm artillery system CAESAR and highly protected 4x4 ARAVIS, by the French Army in Africa, Nexter will present its range of products adapted to the operational requirements of African forces, from peace-keeping to high-intensity missions, at the ShieldAfrica exhibition in Abidjan from 24 to 26 January.
In the wake of the sale in 2014 to the Republic of Gabon of ARAVIS® 4x4 vehicles, followed by the sale of FINDERS® systems, NERVA® robots and Field hospitals at the Eurosatory exhibition in June 2016, Nexter is underlining, with its presence, the importance of the African continent in its export strategy.
The TITUS®, Nexter’s latest generation 6×6 wheeled armored vehicle, will be on display in its “defense” configuration. A sturdy, reliable and highly modular platform, the TITUS® is equally at home in city or off-road environments. The TITUS® can fulfill a broad spectrum of missions, from transporting troops to providing combat support and logistical support, through peace-keeping, anti-terrorism and homeland security missions. Protected against ballistic attacks as well as from NRBC (Nuclear, Radiological, Biological and Chemical) threats and with an exceptionally high level of mobility, the TITUS® is an undeniable asset for forces worldwide.
Nexter’s fundamental ammunition business unit , composed of Mecar, Simmel Difesa and Nexter Munitions, will exhibit its range of medium and large caliber ammunition, from 20 mm to 155 mm, meeting naval, land and air-land requirements.
Nexter will also present its battlefield digitization solutions, notably the FINDERS® C2 Battlefield Management System and the FINDMP aid for mission planning.
The Group’s equipment manufacturing subsidiaries will be represented by Nexter Robotics (NERVA® reconnaissance robots), Euro-Shelter (Field hospitals) and NBC-Sys (NRBC protection).
Nexter, the leading French land defense company is a KNDS Group company. It is dedicated to meeting the needs of French and other land forces internationally. The scope of its business includes the supply of weapon systems and ammunition for air and naval forces. The acquisition of Belgian company Mecar and Italian company Simmel Difesa enabled the establishment, along with Nexter Munitions, of the third European player in the ammunition sector. Nexter also offers systems and protection solutions for the homeland security market.
The group continues its international development policy with 55% of order intake in 2015 destined for the export market. In France, Nexter is fully committed to meeting the objectives of the SCORPION program, through the renovation of the Leclerc tank and the development of the future GRIFFON and JAGUAR vehicles within the GME (temporary consortium between Nexter, Thales and Renault Trucks Defense).
Nexter’s 2015 turnover amounted to €1.07 billion, of which 14% is allocated to Research and Development activities. The Group’s range of products consists of ARAVIS®, TITUS® and VBCI armored vehicles, CAESAR®, TRAJAN® and 105LG1 artillery systems, smart ammunition (BONUS), as well as customer service, support and recycling.