Nexter has signed a strategic partnership with Hellenic Defence Systems (HDS) to meet the Greek Army's requirement for modernised infantry fighting vehicles with the PHILOCTETES. By joining forces with HDS, a state-owned company specialised in the design, development and production of weapon and missile systems, and ammunition, Nexter is offering a combat system that meets the highest quality standards and whose success will benefit Greek industry. This partnership fully contributes to the strengthening of the Franco-Greek relationship in the field of Defence.
Named PHILOCTETES in reference to the mythological hero of the Trojan War, this infantry combat system is a VBCI MkII, in its infantry combat vehicle version, equipped with a T40 turret. A benchmark in its field, the VBCI is an 8x8, 32-tonne vehicle that is highly modular thanks to its various versions (armored personnel carrier, command post, 120mm mortar, medevac and vehicle recovery), capable of carrying a 13-tonne payload, and engaged in all the French army's major operation theatres. During these engagements, Nexter has received important feedback and unanimous opinions from the soldiers who have gone into combat under the optimal protection of its armoured body. In addition, PHILOCTETES has a reinforced motorisation thanks to a new 600hp engine which ensures very high tactical, strategic and operational mobility.