From 5 to 9 February 2020, Nexter group is exposing its complete ammunition range on its stand (H3, Q3) for the 10th edition at the DEDEXPO exhibition in Lucknow, India.
Nexter group is represented at DefExpo by its ammunition department regrouping the subsidiaries MECAR (Belgium), Nexter Ammunition (France) and SIMMEL DIFESA (Italy) who are well engaged in India.
The three Indian armies have notified several recent contracts for medium caliber, artillery and naval ammunition to Nexter during the last semesters, confirming India as a main and strategic partner. In the context of “Make in India” policies promoted by the government, Nexter wants to support the growth of the Indian industry in ammunition, with the best performance and security standards.
Recent sales in ammunition can be divided into three categories:
- Artillery ammunition: Nexter offers a complete range of 155mm artillery ammunition: latest generation explosive ordnance, illuminating and smoke cargos, SPACIDO trajectory correction fuses, smart precision ammunition (BONUS precision anti-tank shells, KATANA precision guided ammunition -under development) and modular charges currently in service in India. It should be noted that all of these ammunition comply with the NATO JBMoU standard and are compatible with the majority of modern 155mm 52, 45 and 39 caliber systems.
- Naval ammunition: Through its Italian subsidiary, Nexter is also a world leader in the supply of naval ammunition with a complete range of 40mm ammunition for 40L70 and 76mm guns. The development of the FB769 multimode programmable fuse (Proximity, Gated Proximity, Airburst, Point Detonating) coupled with the 40mm PFFC ammunition offers performance against a wider range of targets, especially for anti-aircraft use.
- Land ammunition: Nexter’s offer also includes a 30mm kinetic energy penetrator (armourpiercing) ammunition with improved performance for the BMP2 tank, as well as an 84mm infantry ammunition for recoilless systems.
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.
The group 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 ARAVIS®, TITUS® 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.