Nexter, a KNDS company, European leader in land defense, is present at the annual exhibition of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) from 14 to 16 October 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC. Architect and system integrator, Nexter is showcasing its know-how on the KNDS stand by proposing solutions, equipment and ammunition that meet the needs of armed and security forces.
Nexter offers versatile, reliable and innovative solutions that meet the operational requirements of its customers. The group has a range from armored vehicles to artillery systems and also masters strategic subassemblies, such as weapon systems and ammunition or robots and embedded electronic systems.
Nexter is fully mobilized to meet the challenges of the SCORPION program, through the development of the new VBMR-GRIFFON armored vehicles (in production), EBRC-JAGUAR, Lightweight VBMR-SERVAL, the renovation of LECLERC MBTs and the future SCORPION increments.
Nexter has a strong international presence, with numerous export successes, such as CAESAR® 8x8 sold to Denmark, the CaMo program with Belgium and the TITUS® armored vehicle acquired by the Czech Republic. The group continues to develop its commercial presence throughout the world with 52% of the order intake in 2018 intended for the export market.
At AUSA 2019, Nexter is presenting a 1/10 model of the CAESAR® 8x8. This 155mm gun mounted on an 8x8 truck with increased protection and carrying capacity is the best you can get in self-propelled artillery. The CAESAR® gun is combat proven from its use by the French army, in its version 6x6, notably within the Task Force Wagram deployed in Syria between September 2016 and May 2019. The experience of the French artillerymen, combined with the precision and flexibility of CAESAR®, has enabled the accomplishment of 2500 firing missions, or about 18,000 shells fired.
Visitors also have the opportunity to discover a wide range of medium and large caliber ammunition, the latter being represented by ammunition ranging from 84mm (in HEAT and SMOKE versions) to 155mm. The 120mm tank range is represented by armor-piercing (APFSDS), explosive (HE) and CANISTER ammunition.
Finally, the 155mm for artillery is available on stand with the BONUS ammunition, an intelligent ammunition capable of detecting and destroying armored vehicles (stationary or mobile); the LU211 IM BB, an explosive ammunition with an increased range (up to 40km); the LU 214 SMOKE BB, an ammunition with an increased range creating a smoke screen; the LU 216 ILL IR, an ammunition illuminating its target in the IR spectrum for 80 seconds; and 6 modular charges. Regarding medium caliber, two 25mm and two 30mm ammunition are presented on the stand in their armor-piercing versions (APFSDS-T 25 and 30mm) and their training equivalents (TPFSDS-T 25 and 30mm).
The NERVA® LG robot is on display on the KNDS stand. It is accompanied by a selection of payloads, as well as the SORIX UAV. Visitors can also discover the NERVA® LG and NERVA® XX on the UNITECH stand. Nexter and its experts are on stand 2251.
Nexter, the leading French land defense company and third European player in the ammunition sector is part of the KNDS Group. It is dedicated to meet the needs of the French land forces and of Nations on an international scale. The scope of Nexter’s business includes as well the supply of weapon systems and ammunition for air and naval forces. Nexter also provides systems and protection solutions in the field of homeland security.
Nexter continues to apply its international development policy with 52% of the order intake in 2018 intended for the export market. In France, Nexter is fully committed to meeting the objectives of the SCORPION program, through the upgrade of the Leclerc tank and the development of the future VBMR Griffon and EBRC Jaguar vehicles within the temporary business venture between Nexter, Thales and Arquus, as well as the Lightweight VBMR.
The group’s range of products also includes ARAVISÒ, TITUSÒ, and VBCI armored vehicles, CAESAR®, TRAJAN® and 105LG1 artillery systems, smart ammunition (BONUS), robots, many equipment, as well as customer service, support and revaluation.
Nexter’s 2018 turnover amounted to €962 million, of which 16% is allocated to Research and Development (R&D) activities.