Nexter, alongside partner Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), is showcasing the Caesar self-propelled gun in its eight-wheel drive version (8×8) at DSEI 2021.
The Caesar 8×8 is Nexter’s answer to the British Army’s need for the Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) programme. The heavy artillery system inherits Caesar 6×6 version’s qualities and maturity, which is recognized for its low logistical footprint, robustness and stealth in operation. Suited to high-intensity combat, the Caesar 8×8 chassis carries a larger load (up to 30 rounds of ammunition compared with 18 for the 6×6 version) and its automatic loading system reduces operator fatigue.
The Caesar 8×8 is in production at the Roanne site for the Danish Army, which will take delivery of the 14th unit at the end of the month.
Nexter is also presenting two scale models on which the 40CT gun from CTAI (joint venture between BAE and Nexter) is integrated. One is that of the Jaguar armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle (EBRC), which is being developed as part of the Scorpion program with the French defense procurement agency (DGA), in a consortium with Arquus and Thales.
Jaguar will replace the AMX10RC, ERC90 and VAB HOT to better meet the current and future threats faced by the French Army. Nexter is the design authority and provides the main armament of the Jaguar with the CT40 turret.
The RapidFire naval turret designed with Thales, also armed with the 40CT, has been selected to equip the French Navy’s new generation of ships with a close-in self-defense capability against modern air and surface threats (drones, aircraft, light vehicles).
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