Nexter, part of the KNDS Group and the only French land defense system manufacturer and integrator, main manufacturer of weapon systems for air, land and naval components, and the third munitions manufacturer in Europe, is presenting the Caesar® 6x6 at the Airbus stand and the Caesar 8x8 at the Nexter stand at the ongoing International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget this year.
A pioneer in its category, this howitzer equipped with a Caesar® artillery system is the result of Nexter’s exceptional know-how in the artillery field. Currently deployed in Iraq, the Caesar® has participated in almost all recent overseas operations of the French Army during which its great precision has been fully demonstrated. It also equips the land forces of 4 other countries, including Indonesia, who renewed its trust in the Nexter Group this year, and Denmark will soon be on board as well.
A 155 mm/52 caliber artillery system mounted on a standard truck, the CAESAR® provides exceptional firepower and is easy to move and deploy in the theater of operations thanks to its excellent tactical, operational and strategic mobility: It can drive on difficult terrain or on the road (including very winding roads) and can be transported by train, landing vessel, C-130 or A400M. The Caesar® is a system with exceptional fire power and precision.
The joint demonstration of the Caesar® and the A400M at the Airbus stand attests to the complementarity of the two systems for the benefit of the forces who will be using them in various theaters.
Gilles Sarreau, Director of Systems and Programs for the Nexter Group, confirmed that the “air portability of the Caesar® in the A400M is an additional advantage. It is complimentary to all the qualities of our artillery systems, used every day by the land forces equipped.”
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 meeting the needs of the land forces of Nations on an international scale. The scope of its business includes the supply of weapon systems and ammunition for air and naval forces. The group continues to apply its international development policy with 60% of the order intake in 2016 intended 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 business venture between Nexter, Thales and Renault Trucks Defense).
Nexter’s 2016 turnover amounted to €866 million, of which 19% is allocated to Research and Development activities.
The group’s range of products includes ARAVIS®, TITUS® and VBCI armored vehicles, CAESAR®, TRAJAN® and 105LG1 artillery systems, smart ammunition (BONUS), as well as customer service and support.