The French Procurement Agency (DGA) qualifies the 32 tons VBCI

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The French Procurement Agency (DGA) declared the qualification of the new version of the VBCI armoured infantry combat vehicle on September 24, 2014. This new version has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 32 tons, as opposed to 29 tons for the original version. The increase in the GVW not only enables the vehicle to confront the toughest threats within Army theatres of operations with improved vehicle protection (increased protection against mines, IEDs, rockets, etc.) but also preserves the vehicle capability to be upgraded and enables it to adapt to future needs.

The qualification is the result of essential tests to guarantee the safety and performance of the vehicle. Thus, for 18 months, the 32 tons prototypes cleared the DGA's many obstacles and covered the special tracks in sandy Biscarosse, muddy Coëtquidan and Fontevraud, rocky Canjuers and snowy Valloire.

Nexter will deliver to the French armed forces this new version of the VBCI in its 32 tons configuration from 2015.

The VBCI has been projected in Afghanistan and Lebanon in 2010, in Mali in early 2013 and in Central African Republic in 2014, where each time it has perfectly fulfilled the missions assigned to it, to the satisfaction of the troops involved.

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Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter Systems plan alliance

Munich/Versailles, 01 July 2014. – Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Nexter Systems (Nexter), two leading European providers of land defence systems, intend to share their future road ahead. On 01. July 2014 in Paris, the owners of the French and German companies signed a Heads of Agreement to this effect. 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 6.5 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. Their new strategic alignment makes it possible to retain jobs and skills in the heart of the European Union. 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.

Nexter S. A. is in the sole ownership of the French State holding company GIAT Industries S. A.; Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG is in the sole ownership of Wegmann GmbH & Co in Kassel. For the intended unification of the two companies, the current sole owners intend to contribute their shares into a newly incorporated joint holding company. They will each receive 50 percent of the shares of this holding company, which will become the sole shareholder in KMW and Nexter. The governance of the holding company will take into account the balance between the two shareholders, who will be reference investors in the new combined group with a long term industrial perspective.

The target date for the alliance is early 2015. In the meantime, the two future partners will both be subject to a process of due diligence. The alliance project will be subject to legal and customary regulation approvals.

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Nexter Systems signs acquisition agreements for the companies Mecar and Simmel Difesa with Chemring Group

Versailles, 24 April 2014Nexter Systems signed acquisition agreements with Chemring Group for all the shares of the companies Mecar (Belgium) and Simmel Difesa (Italy) on 23 April 2014. These two transactions will enable Nexter Group to strengthen its ammunition division and establish its position among the European leaders in this area.

Based on its solid past performance and on its strong balance sheet, Nexter has developed a growth strategy and intends, when opportunities arise, to actively participate in industry consolidation. The two acquisitions constitute a unique growth opportunity for Nexter group, which will enrich its range of ammunition products in three domains - land, air and sea ammunition - and extend its commercial footprint on key export markets.

The ammunition division will be comprised of complementary companies, focused on their core business, relying on the skills of their employees, and benefiting from synergies generated by their being part of Nexter Group.

This strengthening of the ammunition division will enable accelerated development of new products and expansion of the customer base; ammunition design and production facilities will also be strengthened.

This important step opens new perspectives and confirms the key role of the group in the momentum of European consolidation‘, declared Philippe Burtin, Chairman and CEO of Nexter Systems.

Mark Papworth, Chief Executive of Chemring Group, added: ‘I am very pleased with today’s news of this disposal, which is in line with our strategy of focusing on our core skills. I am delighted that we have been able to sell these businesses to Nexter Group, who are well placed to maximize their full potential’.

These acquisitions remain subject to the satisfaction of conditions precedent, of which the agreement of the shareholders of Chemring and approval from the Italian authorities.

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Nexter Systems and DCI conclude a strategic agreement based on a capability approach

Accord Nexter - DCI Copyright NexterVersailles, 18 February 2014 – The CEOs of Nexter Systems and Défense Conseil International (DCI) have signed a memorandum of understanding on the joint promotion of capability offers for the benefit of Forces in France and abroad. This move encourages joint projects built around Nexter systems combined with the provision of training, consultancy and operational assistance services that DCI can provide. Where appropriate, the services will be integrated in the field of simulation and on-board simulation.

The Nexter Group and DCI are also planning to explore subcontracting partnership solutions for the benefit of the French Army. Both companies propose to reinforce with education and training tools, such as Generic Virtual Training (GVT), the DCI structures that make up part of Draguignan military schools, and to share them with said schools. Nexter and DCI have already demonstrated the complementary nature of their offer in a conclusive training project with a country in the Middle East.

"In keeping with our strong partnership policy, Nexter has sought to strengthen its offer with DCI and thus offer services that are more tailored to meet the needs of the Forces. This agreement will allow us to propose comprehensive offers under the label of French excellence" commented Philippe Burtin, CEO of Nexter Systems.

"We share a common vision with Nexter and all of its teams and we are confident in our approach: To provide, together, capability offers built around the duo of French operational and technological excellence", said Jean-Michel Palagos, CEO of DCI. "I am sure that this unique approach will provide a more comprehensive and sustainable response to the expectations of our customers and gives a stronger meaning to the integrated offer."

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Nexter exhibits on its booth a CAESAR® on 6x6 Indian truck chassis during DEFEXPO


a Caesar Ashok Leyland 020 - CopieFrom February 6 to 9, 2014, during the DEFEXPO exhibition in New Delhi, the French group Nexter presents on its booth for the first time, in partnership with Larsen & Toubro, a CAESAR artillery system on an Ashok Leyland truck chassis.


This Indian CAESAR® is proposed by Larsen & Toubro to respond to the Mounted Gun System (MGS) program and follows on the partnership with Nexter built around the Indian Artillery. Both groups are actively cooperating on the Towed Gun System (TGS), MGS and M46 Up-gunning programs in order to address the needs of the Indian Forces. With this project, associating the CAESAR® artillery system from Nexter Systems and the Super Stallion chassis from Ashok Leyland, Larsen & Toubro offers, with its partners, the best Mobility/Firepower compromise to the Indian artillerymen.


The CAESAR artillery system is already in service in 3 Armies throughout the world, and has been combat proven in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Mali where it has been deployed by the French Army.



Nexter delivers the latest EBG-VAL to the School of Military Engineering in Angers

EBG-VAL Copyright Nexter - Aspheri  - CopieVersailles, 5 February 2014 – The Nexter Group delivers the 42nd Upgraded Engineering corps armored vehicle (EBG-VAL) to the School of Military Engineering in Angers, thus concluding the program to upgrade the EBG-F1 (initial version) and Pyrotechnic anti-tank mine clearing systems (SDPMAC), driven by the French Procurement Agency (DGA).

Derived from an AMX-30B2 chassis, the EBG-F1 was put into service for the first time in 1987. It has since been destined to fulfill support missions in combat, opening and closing routes, clearing obstructions or landscaping.
Faced with a wider range of threats and an ever-changing environment, in 2006 the DGA entrusted Nexter Systems with the task of upgrading 42 EBG-F1s, which became EBG-VALs, and 12 SDPMACs.

The aim of the program was to enhance protection, develop existing functions, provide new functions and improve ergonomics. In total, 54 engineer vehicles were delivered between September 2011 and January 2014.

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Nexter Robotics, NBC-Sys et Euro-Shelter sont présents au Parc des Expositions de Paris-Nord/Villepinte pour les salons Milipol et MIDEST du 19 au 22 novembre

DSC 0073A l’occasion de la 18e édition du salon de la Sécurité Intérieure des Etats (Milipol Paris), Nexter Robotics et NBC-Sys présentent sur leur stand (R038) une possible association entre les mini-robots de reconnaissance NERVA et les détecteurs NRBC qui permettrait notamment de limiter l’exposition des personnels sur le terrain.

Présentée pour la première fois à Milipol, la gamme NERVA y est également mise en valeur de façon innovante au travers d’un parcours thématique et dynamique. DSC 0080Reprenant diverses situations opérationnelles auxquelles les NERVA peuvent être confrontés (Ascension de pentes raides, détection de menaces NRBC, chutes, évolutions dans un environnement à luminosité réduite, immersion dans l’eau), ce parcours vise à mettre en avant de manière ludique la résistance, la polyvalence mais aussi la simplicité d’utilisation des mini-robots de Nexter Robotics. La protection face aux menaces NRBC avec notamment la présence du masque à gaz SIRANO de NBC-Sys, est également à l’honneur sur ce stand commun.DSC 0085

Juste en face du salon Milipol, au hall 6 du Parc des Expositions, les visiteurs pourront également se rendre au salon MIDEST où Euro-Shelter présente sa nouvelle maquette de « concept-train » réalisée entièrement en panneaux sandwich. L’utilisation originale de ce matériau, alliant rigidité et légèreté, a d’ailleurs permis à Euro-Shelter de remporter le prix de l’innovation du salon dans la catégorie « Bureau d’Etude ».




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