Nexter, a company of KNDS, leader in Artillery systems, presented several products at last week’s Eurosatory Exhibition in Paris, proof of its exceptional know-how.
In the field of artillery, Nexter is one of the few companies with full control over the arms-ammunition pairing. This allows Nexter to offer complete solutions, from turnkey battalion systems including maintenance, to all the essential components such as shells, calculators and the systems themselves.
For digital command support tools, Nexter’s offer comprises a fire control systems (FINDART®) and ballistic calculators (BACARA®). These products satisfy the needs of users at all the different levels of the artillery command chain, from the battery to the upper levels. In addition to the tools for calculating and coordinating supporting fire, they also provide tracking for logistical, tactical and navigational solutions, which can then be interconnected with the Battlefield Management Systems (BMS).
Nexter’s offer also includes simulators for the training of artillery units, whether physical sessions (Caesar Crew Training System) or digital sessions (tutorials, 3D simulator, etc.). Configurable and scalable, these tools make it possible to significantly reduce the cost of training artillery units, by only firing the minimum required live ammunition.
For launchers, the innovative technical choice of the CAESAR® 155 mm gun on the 6x6 vehicle gives the system exceptional tactical mobility with unrivalled fire-power. Its 155 mm/52 caliber artillery provides fire support, combining accuracy and extended range, and its wheeled chassis allows for air-transport, while at the same time limiting its carrying costs. CAESAR® is currently used by the artilleries of many countries; the French army which has deployed it continually in operations since 2009 (more than 100,000 shells fired and 1 million kilometers travelled) and by foreign armies that have acquired more than 300 units.
The CAESAR® 8x8 was presented on the Nexter booth by a team of Danish gunners at last week’s Eurosatory Exhibition in Paris.
To round out its artillery range, Nexter also offers the 105LG1, a 105 mm gun that benefits from a winning combination: unsurpassed deployability, accuracy, firing rate (12 rounds per minute) and a long range (up to 17 km).
Finally, the Group offers a full range of artillery ammunition. The gunner's operational and training requirements are covered from 105 to 155 mm, in 39 or 52 calibers, with different types of ammunition, rockets and charges. The best available technologies are used for the best terminal effects, for range and accuracy, as shown by the ammunition for the 105 mm ERG3 extended range (up to 17km), the BONUS® anti-tank shells, the SPACIDO® trajectory-correction rockets and in the near future the 155 mm KATANA® guided ammunition.
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 its 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 58% of the order intake in 2017 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), many equipment, as well as customer service, support and revaluation.
Nexter’s 2017 turnover amounted to €900 million, of which 18% is allocated to Research and Development activities.