Throughout Eurosatory 2010 (Paris, 14-18 June 2010), Nexter is displaying a full range of modernized products, systems and features.
VBCI is presented in its very strongly protected Armored PersonnelCarrier version. The APC (VTT) version can be used to carry a complete "digitized" combat group, with all its equipment, under unequaled comfort and protection conditions. This VBCI is protected, in particular, against rockets of the RGP type by a combination of Nexter SlatAlu and RUAG Sidepro Armor Systems. The vehicle's weapon system consists of a remotely operated 12.7 mm cupola. Direct external all round vision is achieved by means of a CEPIA system (enhanced episcope ring).
Aravis® is presented in 3 versions, 2 of which are new. VBHP (standing for highly protected armored vehicle as named in the French Army's inventory) Aravis® is the vehicle that will be deployed (ten units approx.) in Afghanistan in 2010.
The observation Aravis features a telescopic mast called Margot from Thales. The vehicle is designed specifically for battlefield detection and surveillance missions and offers the same high level of protection as all the other members of the Aravis® family. The vehicle will benefit from the gunfire support provided by Aravis® system fitted with the remotely-operated ARX®20 cupola developed by Nexter Systems. Its 20-mm gun offers the crew a firing power and the desired precision over a distance in excess of 1500 m, without collateral damages. This vehicle can accommodate a crew of 5. Aravis® can also be easily reconfigured as a command post vehicle, with a self-defense cupola and a workspace for 4 personnel.
Caesar® Artillery System which has been deployed in Afghanistan and has already been sold to three customers (183 systems effectively ordered), is presented in a version featuring highly improved performance capabilities. The new cabin of Caesar® Mk2 is in fact capable of withstanding ballistic level-2 and 3A/2B mine aggressions (as per Stanag 4569). Otherwise Caesar® Mk2 offers all the strong characteristics that have made Caesar® a success (long range, accuracy, fully automatic aiming, and setting-up/salvo firing/exit time lower than three minutes.
Although the Leclerc tank is no longer in production, Nexter will be displaying it at the show since it is still involved in its renovation projects with France and the United Arab, both in a partnering approach and striving to attain optimum cost/performance solutions, thus making it possible to keep the Leclerc fleet fully operational until 2040.
Also on display are ARX®20 cupola which can be easily installed on any types of carriers, including light all-track vehicles. ARX®20 can be used to fire as you go and is capable of engaging targets from a distance in excess of 2,000 meters. The cupola has an all weather, day/night and all-round observation capability and is also well suited for securization missions and for combat in urban areas. It can be delivered with a 20-621 or 20-693 weapon.
Nexter's weapon systems can all fire the whole range of modern munitions from Nexter Munitions, whose latest items include the just added 25-mm Airburst, 30-mm supersafe and 120-mm HE munitions. Safety, accuracy and terminal effect control are key technological objectives pursued by Nexter Munitions.
Lastly, the Group is showing its logistic service solutions in a dedicated center, in addition to its new XP2 technology demonstrator for Nexter Systems' expert skills in areas such as mobility, protection, human factors, compliance with environmental standards, and vetronics.