Demon­stra­tion of strength for Nex­ter’s Ar­tillery

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Cover Story -

The Nex­ter Group has demon­strated to more than eighty peo­ple from 18 coun­tries its know-how and per­for­mance in ground-to-ground ar­tillery for cal­i­bres 105 and 155mm. Ac­quired by the French, Dan­ish, In­done­sian and Thai armies, as well as a Mid­dle East­ern coun­try, and cur­rently present in sev­eral the­atres of op­er­a­tions, notably in Iraq within the Wa­gram Task Force, the 155mm self-pro­pelled ar­tillery sys­tem Cae­sar has been pre­sented on 6x6 and 8x8 chas­sis. The Cae­sar ap­pears to­day as the ‘best com­pro­mise’ be­tween the sim­plic­ity of a towed ar­tillery and the mo­bil­ity of a self-pro­pelled sys­tem.

Such demon­stra­tions in­cluded the op­por­tu­nity to present for the first time the lat­est ver­sion of Cae­sar 8x8 chas­sis au­to­matic shell load­ing sys­tem. This de­vice en­sures con­stant and sus­tained fir­ing rates, what­ever the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions. A Cae­sar bat­tery pack on a “full au­to­matic” 8x8 chas­sis by a crew cre­ated for the event al­lowed to high­light the sim­plic­ity of use of this weapon sys­tem, and to en­hance its sur­vival ca­pa­bil­i­ties against counter-bat­tery rounds: the time be­tween the ar­rival at the shoot­ing point and the start, af­ter de­liv­er­ing a six-round salvo, amounted to less than three min­utes. Pre­sen­ta­tion of the 105 LG1, a 105mm towed ar­tillery sys­tem, high­lighted this demon­stra­tion. De­ploy­able by light ve­hi­cle, he­li­copter, or even para­chute, the 105 LG1 is the world’s light­est 105mm as­sault ar­tillery piece, pro­vid­ing fire sup­port to rapid re­ac­tion forces. The 105 LG1 is now in ser­vice with the Sin­ga­pore, Thai, In­done­sian, Bel­gian, Cana­dian and Colom­bian armed forces.

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