Nexter Unveils 120mm SHARD APFSDS

New Generation of Anti-Armour Ammunition

Demonstrating once again its capacity for innovation, Nexter Munitions has unveiled its 120 SHARD, the next generation of high performance Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilised Discarding Sabot (APFSDS) 120mm anti-armour ammunition.

Compatible with all current and future battle tanks equipped with NATO-standard 120mm smoothbore guns, SHARD is suitable for LECLERC, LEOPARD 2, ABRAMS and ARIETE tanks, having been developed in compliance with STANAG 4385 and ICD 120. Recent test firings, carried out in extreme temperature conditions and at long range, have confirmed expected performance in simulation: the ammunition sets a new performance standard, with increased penetration capability combined with very high accuracy. Final development will be completed this year, before entering an industrial qualification phase in 2022. SHARD will thus be ready for series production at the end of next year.

The high performance is due to an innovative design, including to an optimised sabot, an elongated penetrator rod in a new tungsten alloy developed with Plansee Tungsten Alloys, and a combustible cartridge case and a high-performance, low-erosion propellant developed by EURENCO.

SHARD is the result of Nexter Munitions’ expertise in the development of very high-performance ammunition, R&T work on innovative materials and on external ballistics work, as well as the implementation of an agile development process. The validation and qualification of innovative technological building blocks in the SHARD programme is also a milestone in the development of very high-performance munitions for future land combat systems, especially the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS).

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