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EDEX 2021: Nexter Exhibits as KNDS

Major Focus on Weapons and Ammunition

Nexter is attracting visitor attention to its joint booth with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann – its partner in KNDS – at EDEX in Cairo this week.

The exhibition offers an opportunity for Nexter to promote a wide range of products to the Egyptian authorities and other foreign delegations. The company already supplies the RAFALE’s 30mm gun system to the Egyptian Air Force, and the 20mm NARWHAL remotely-operated turret to the Egyptian Navy.

On the artillery front, Nexter is presenting models of the CAESAR self-propelled gun in 6×6 and 8×8 versions. Due to its combat experience (more than 100,000 rounds fired in operations since 2009), its mobility and stealth, CAESAR enjoys an excellent reputation in the artillery field in France and internationally. Recently, Denmark, Morocco, the Czech Republic and Belgium selected it to modernise their fire support capabilities.

Nexter will also exhibit its ammunition range, from 20 to 155mm, including 105 and 155mm conventional ammunition (shells, fuses, modular charges) and smart ammunition (BONUS, KATANA). In addition to 120mm tank ammunition (discarding-sabot and HE), the booth features medium-calibre ammunition (20, 25, 30, 40mm) and 76mm naval ammunition.

In addition, Nexter will highlight its range of medium-calibre weapons, including the RapidFire, which will equip future French Navy ships and integrates the 40 CT gun that arms the new generations of armoured vehicles in France, Belgium (JAGUAR) and Great Britain (AJAX). The conventional land ammunition and the Anti-Aerial AirBurst (A3B) smart ammunition give it ground-to-air and ground-to-ground capabilities. Also on display will be the 30mm gun – the world’s fastest gun, firing 2,470rpm – which arms the RAFALE and the TIGER helicopter, as well as the NARWHAL turret.

Finally, two armoured vehicle models are on display at the stand: the TITUS 6×6 and the VBCI T40 – a derivative of the VBCI 8×8 IFV already in service with the French Army, with increased firepower – a 40 CT unmanned turret featuring the 40 CT gun and an MMP missile launcher pod. It covers a wide range of threats: drones, aircraft, vehicles and even heavily protected targets.


The NARWHAL remote-controlled 20mm turret is already in Egyptian Navy service. (Photo: Mönch archive)

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