Nexter Systems and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann have completed their association

Amsterdam, 15 December 2015. – Upon all required approvals having been granted, Nexter Systems and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) have completed their association on 15 December 2015. As a result, going forward, two of the leading European manufacturers of military land systems based in France and Germany will operate jointly under the umbrella of a holding company under Dutch law with headquarters in Amsterdam. The sole shareholders of each of the two companies have transferred all their shares into the holding company who will operate in the legal form of an N.V.; in return they have each received 50 per cent of the shares in the umbrella company.

As part of the completion, the supervisory board of the joint holding company has also met in Amsterdam for its constitutive meeting. It comprises seven members and is chaired by the Belgium national, Christian Jourquin. The French owner appointed Jean-Severin Deckers (APE-State Holding Agency) and Bertrand Le Meur (DGA-French defense procurement agency) to the supervisory board; the owners of KMW appointed Dr. Manfred Bode and Axel J. Arendt. Alongside the independent chairman of the supervisory board, both shareholders appointed Antoine Bouvier (CEO of MBDA) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Utz Hellmuth Felcht onto the board as additional independent members. The supervisory board appointed the new CEO of Nexter Systems, Stéphane Mayer, and the chairman of the executive board of KMW, Frank Haun, as CEOs of the holding company.

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Nexter presents the TITUS® in "Internal Security" configuration at the 2015 MILIPOL Paris exhibition

Nexter Titus WEB-6759Villepinte, 17 November 2015 – For the first time since its creation in 2006, the Nexter Group is present at the 19th worldwide exhibition of internal State security to be held at the Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition centre from 17 to 20 November.

TITUS®, Nexter's versatile 6x6 vehicle, is being exhibited on the Group's stand (5P-106) fitted out with its "Internal Security" operations kit. A true modular platform, the TITUS® is suitable for a broad spectrum of missions, from troop transport operations to support in combat and logistical support missions, through security missions, peacekeeping or counter-insurgency. Protected against ballistic and IED attacks, and also against CBRN threats (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear), while offering exceptional mobility, TITUS® is an undeniable asset for security forces worldwide.

The equipment subsidiaries of Nexter Group are also represented on the stand: Nexter Robotics presents its range of mini-robots; NBC-Sys highlights its expertise in terms of CBRN protection; Nexter Electronics presents its solutions for electronic systems in harsh environments; Optsys demonstrates the effectiveness of its protected vision systems.

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Contract for the association of Nexter Systems and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) signed


Munich/Versailles, 29 July 2015 – As announced a year ago, Nexter Systems and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, two of Europe’s leading manufacturers of military land defence systems, intend to share their future road ahead. The corresponding agreement was signed on 29 July 2015 in Paris. The alliance of the two groups under the umbrella of a joint holding company creates a Franco-German defence technology group with a current annual turnover nearing 2 billion euro, an order book of around 9 billion euro and more than 6,000 employees.

KMW, Nexter and their owners view this step as decisive for the consolidation of the defence technology industry in Europe. The product portfolios of the two companies and their regional presences on the world market complement each other. The alliance of KMW and Nexter creates a group with the momentum and innovative force required to succeed and prosper in international competition. In addition, it offers to its European and NATO customers the opportunity of increased standardisation and interoperability for their defence equipment, with a dependable industrial base.

Besides, this new strategic alignment makes it possible to retain jobs and skills in the heart of the European Union. The two CEOs confirm that the creation of new group will have no social consequence or impact neither on employment nor on the collective agreements in place. In the future whenever the new group would develop any consolidation project, this would be based on the preservation of the balance between the two operational companies as well as the protection of their related key technologies, know-how and competences, in full compliance with the export regulations.

Nexter S. A. had been in the sole ownership of the French State holding company GIAT Industries S. A.; Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG had been in the sole ownership of Wegmann GmbH & Co. in Kassel. For the unification of the two companies, the sole owners are contributing their shares into a newly incorporated joint holding company based in the Netherlands. They will each receive 50 per cent of the shares of this holding company, which will become the sole shareholder in KMW and Nexter. The governance of the holding company will reflect the equal balance between the two shareholders with a long-term industrial perspective.

The alliance project will be subject to legal and customary regulation approvals. As part of the French law for "activity, growth and equality of economic opportunities", article 47 allows the privatisation of GIAT Industries SA and its subsidiaries.

The association of KMW and Nexter should enter into effect at the end of the year.

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The French Minister of Defense assisted to the loading and unloading of the VBCI in the A400M of the French Air Force

VBCI - A400MThe French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves le Drian, inaugurated Tuesday, 16th of June, the Paris Airshow which is held in Le Bourget until Sunday, the 21th. The Minister notably assisted, on the Airbus booth, to the loading and unloading of the VBCI in the A400M. 630 VBCI (Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie – Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle) are in service in the French Army, which will be able to deploy these vehicles on foreign theatres aboard the A400M of the French Air Force.

Nexter also produces the CAESAR (CAmion Equipé d’un Système d’ARtillerie – Truck equipped with an Artillery System), which can also be transported by air in A400M and C130 aircrafts, thanks to its compactness and reduced weight. Additionally, Nexter is also producing aeronautical products: 30mm cannons (fitted on the Rafale and Mirage aircraft), cannon turrets for helicopters (THL30 fitted on the Tiger helicopter, THL20), the NC621 cannon pod (for helicopters and light aircrafts) and, last but not least, the SH20, a retractable 20mm door mounting, which is being qualified by the DGA (French armament procurement agency) on the Caracal and the upgraded Cougar helicopters.

Nexter presents its know-how in aeronautical systems at the Paris Airshow (booth A6).



Nexter Systems presents the first ARAVIS® in peacekeeping configuration to the Gabonese Minister of Defence

ARAVIS - Maintien de la Paix - Copyright Nexter - CopieVersailles, 16 June 2015 – Today, in Satory, Mr Philippe Burtin, CEO of the Group, presented the first ARAVIS® in peacekeeping configuration to Mr Ernest Mpouho Epigat, Minister of Defence of the Gabonese Republic.

From this autumn, the ordered ARAVIS® vehicles, fitted with ARX®20 remotely operated 20 mm turrets, the PG-Guard anti-RPG protection system and NERVA®LG reconnaissance mini-robots, will equip the Gabonese battalion deployed in the Central African Republic as part of the United Nations MINUSCA mission.

This makes the ARAVIS® the latest Nexter vehicle engaged in a United Nations peacekeeping mission, following in the footsteps of the LECLERC tank, the VBCI and the CAESAR®, all three deployed in Lebanon by French forces as part of UNIFIL.

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SCORPION programme : LECLERC tank renovation launched

LECLERC Copyright Yves DebayThe French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) notified Nexter Systems of the Leclerc tank renovation contract. This order constitutes the third operation launched by the French Ministry of Defence under the SCORPION programme intended to modernise the French Army's contact forces. Valued at approximately €330 million, the contract provides for the delivery of 200 "Renovated Leclerc" tanks and 18 "Renovated DCL" recovery vehicles from 2020.

The planned renovation work will enable the Leclerc to make the best use of its fire power and mobility within future "SCORPION" joint tactical groups (GTIA). Thanks to the development of specific interfaces for the new CONTACT tactical radio system and the SCORPION information and command system (SICS), it will be able to effectively network with all components of future "SCORPION" GTIAs. Moreover, the upgrade of its protection through the development of specific armour kits will enable the Leclerc tank to deal more effectively with new threats, such as improvised explosive devices.

A 3rd generation tank with a high degree of automation and diagnostic assistance, the Leclerc tank currently gives the French land forces "first entry" capability as part of an international coalition. The renovation operation launched aims to maintain this capacity beyond 2040.

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 Scorpion Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle contract awarded to Nexter, RTD and Thales


Varces, December 5, 2014 – On the occasion of its visit in the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade Artillery of Varces (Isère), Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Defence, handed the EBMR (Armoured Multi-roles vehicles) market to the CEOs of the GME (temporary consortium) formed by the French companies Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales. Prepared by the Armament Procurement Agency (DGA), this market plans the development, the manufacturing and the support of the EBMR of the SCORPION program.

Under the EBMR contract, the Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle GRIFFON and Reconnaissance and Combat Armoured Vehicle JAGUAR will replace respectively on the one hand the VAB, and on the other hand, the AMX10RC, the ERC Sagaie and the VAB Hot, produced in the 70s and 80s and used extensively by the French Army in all theaters of operation for thirty years.

The contract covers all phases of an armament program, from development to unit logistical support through the qualification and production of systems. The GME is committed to the integral performance of the equipment in the long term as well as the operational availability of vehicles in service.

The state of the art innovation and know-how developed by the three companies in the GME in the domains of mobility, protection, weapons and digitization will be integrated in the first SCORPION-approved systems. The effect on the ground for future joint tactical groups (GTIA) equipped with SCORPION EBMR systems will be greatly increased with regard to the previous generation.

This program has a structuring effect for Nexter, RTD and Thales as well as for the French industrial sector that will be nourished by the subcontracting orders from the GME. It will create a thousand jobs in its development phase and 1,700 jobs in its production phase.

Almost 2,000 vehicles, and all associated logistical support equipment, will be delivered to forces from 2018.

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