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Indo Defence 2016: Nexter Focuses on Artillery Systems

Indonesian Army seeks to bolster its artillery capabilities

At Indo Defence 2016 in Jakarta, Nexter Group is focusing its attention on opportunities in artillery systems as the Indonesian Army seeks to bolster its capabilities in the arm.

The 105mm LG1 LIGHT GUN – which the company states is, “the world’s lightest 105mm assault gun,” at 1,550kg – is already in service with Indonesia, with 20 weapons supplied some years ago. They currently fire older ammunition families , but the more modern Nexter Munitions High Explosive Hollow Base (HE HB) and High Explosive Base Bleed (HE BB) rounds would enable the army to increase range from a little over 11,000m to 15,000 and 17,000 respectively. The weapon on display at Indo Defence has a Nexter TOP-LITE gun ballistic solution and display system fitted.

Extreme mobility and rapidity of action are the key features of the LIGHT GUN. Easily transportable by air, it can be brought into action in less than 30 seconds and has a ‘burst’ rate of fire of 12rpm. MT understands that a requirement for a second batch – possibly of 26 guns – could be announced in the near future.

In 155mm calibre, the company has now delivered 37 CAESAR 155/52 weapons on a Renault Trucks Défense SHERPA 6×6 truck chassis – two full regiments of 18 weapons plus a single system for training purposes. Current generation munitions would bring maximum ranges for the CAESAR to 39,000-42,000m and the weapon can also fire the Nexter BONUS top-attack munition and the Raytheon EXCALIBUR M982 precision guided munition.

Nexter has now developed an 8×8 version of CAESAR, offering better mobility and a higher on-weapon ammunition capacity, based on a Tatra chassis.

Other developments in the Indonesian Army’s continuing quest for improved indirect fire capability include completion of delivery of 36 Artillery Saturation Rocket Systems (ASTROS) from Avibras, based on a Tatra 6×6 chassis: Guided rockets are currently under development. MT also understands that the army has expressed an interest in acquisition of up to 40 surplus M109 self-propelled 155mm systems.

Tim Mahon

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