On the occasion of the first edition of the DEFEA exhibition, that is held in Athens from July 13 to 15,2021, Nexter is presenting the VBCI Philoctetes for the first time. This is a complete infantry combatsystem, armed with a remotely operated 40mm CT (cased telescoped) turret from CTAi and a medium-range missile launcher (MMP) from MBDA. It meets the Greek army's requirements for mobility,protection, modularity and firepower. Named Philoctetes, in reference to the mythological hero of theTrojan War, the vehicle will be displayed on the stand (Hall 3 - D17A) in the livery of Greek militarymachines.
Nexter is also presenting the 105 LG artillery gun, which is perfectly suited to simple use requiring ahighly deployable fire support capability. In order to meet the Greek Army’s artillery ammunitionrequirements, Nexter is exhibiting its range of 105mm and 155mm conventional ammunition, its smartammunition (BONUS and KATANA), as well as propellant charges and fuses. In addition, a large sampleof the ammunition catalog can be seen on the stand: 20, 25, 30 and 40mm CT medium-caliberammunition alongside 40, 76, 100 and 127mm naval ammunition, as well as protective smokegrenades.
In the field of medium-caliber guns, Nexter is presenting the 40CT gun on the VBCI Philoctetes, chosenby the French (RapidFire, JAGUAR), British (Ajax) and Belgian (JAGUAR CaMo) armies. The 40mm givesa real superiority of caliber compared to the 30mm and covers a wider range of targets (UAVs, aircrafts,light vehicles). The 30mm gun is also highlighted, since it equips the Mirage 2000 (30x113) and Rafale(30x150) combat aircrafts in Greece. In addition, the P20 pintle-mount system, known for itsperformance, ease of maintenance and reliability, is on display at the stand.
Finally, Nexter’s robotics entity is exhibiting its Nerva range of ground robots equipped with variousmission modules, as well as the IXOS multi-mission aerial drone, which can be equipped with anoptronic ball or an explosive charge to treat an individual target.
Nexter, the leading French land defense company and third European player in the ammunition sectoris part of the KNDS Group. The scope of its business includes as well the supply of weapon systems andammunition for air and naval forces. Nexter also provides systems and protection solutions in the fieldof homeland security. The group continues to apply its international development policy with severalorder intakes in 2020 intended for the export market.
In France, Nexter is fully committed to meetingthe objectives of the SCORPION program, through the upgrade of the Leclerc tank and the developmentof the VBMR GRIFFON and EBRC JAGUAR vehicles within the temporary business venture betweenNexter, Thales and Arquus, as well as the Lightweight VBMR SERVAL. The group's range of productsalso includes TITUS® and VBCI armored vehicles, CAESAR® and 105LG1 artillery systems, smartammunition (BONUS), robots, many equipment, as well as customer service, support and revaluation.
KNDS’s 2020 turnover amounted to €2.4 billion.