Nexter is presenting its CAESAR 8x8 artillery system and TITUS Armoured Vehicle at the IDET International Defence and Security Technologies Fair taking place in Brno in the Czech Republic from 24-26 May 2023.
TITUS, the Czech Army's New Range of Armoured Vehicles
Ordered in 2019, the TITUS is produced in partnership with Czech industry, including CSG companies ELDIS and Tatra Defence Vehicle, as well as Tatra Trucks, the chassis supplier.
This 6x6 vehicle is delivered to the Czech army in three versions: Command Post (CP), Transmissions, and Artillery Fire Coordination Post. Characterized by its great modularity, the TITUS is also presented in a “120mm on-board mortar” version to IDET to meet the changing needs of the Czech Army, the development of which could also be undertaken in partnership with CSG.
The CAESAR 8x8, a Growing Success
The relationship of trust between Nexter and the Czech Republic has been strengthened by the acquisition of 52 CAESAR 8x8 artillery systems for the Czech forces in 2021, supplemented in December 2022 by 10 additional units, bringing the total number of systems ordered to 62.
As demonstrated by its numerous operational engagements, the CAESAR (photo) is a perfect solution for modern conflicts. Its 8x8 version incorporates a Tatra chassis renowned for its off-road capabilities and offers increased ammunition capacity (36 full rounds), loading assistance and enhanced cabin protection.
Partnerships to be Strengthened
A key player in the Czech defence industry, CzechoSlovak Group (CSG) is a major partner of Nexter through its subsidiaries, including Tatra Trucks which supplies the TITUS and CAESAR 8x8 chassis. In addition, ELDIS is the local prime contractor under licence for the TITUS, the assembly-integration of which is carried out by Tatra Defence Vehicle.
Other group companies such as Retia and Excalibur Army are involved in the CAESAR 8x8 programme, 40% of which is produced locally. Nexter reminds its openness to a development of its cooperation with CSG, within the framework of supporting the Czech armed forces in the renewal of their capabilities, in particular with a view to the development of new variants of the TITUS.
At the same time, Nexter is developing commercial, technical and industrial cooperation with the main Czech ammunition’s manufacturer, STV, which has been selected to supply 155mm ammunition to the Czech armed forces. This partnership aims to jointly meet the operational requirements of security of supply and capability development.
Nexter, the leading French land defense company and one of the main European players in the ammunition sector is part of the KNDS Group. The scope of its business includes as well the supply of weapon systems and ammunition for air and naval forces. The group continues to apply its international development policy with several order intakes in 2021 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 and production of the VBMR GRIFFON and EBRC JAGUAR vehicles within the temporary business venture between Nexter, Thales and Arquus, as well as the Lightweight VBMR SERVAL (with Texelis). The group's range of products also includes TITUS® and VBCI armored vehicles, CAESAR® and 105LG1 artillery systems, smart ammunition (BONUS®, KATANA®), robots and many equipment.
Nexter’s 2021 turnover amounted to €1,3 billion, including 30% devoted to customer services, from training to fleet management to support and revaluation.