Today, in Satory, Mr Philippe Burtin, CEO of the Group, presented the first ARAVIS in peacekeeping configuration to Mr Ernest Mpouho Epigat, Minister of Defence of the Gabonese Republic.
From this autumn, the ordered ARAVIS vehicles, fitted with ARX 20 remotely operated 20 mm turrets, the PG-Guard anti-RPG protection system and NERVA LG reconnaissance mini-robots, will equip the Gabonese battalion deployed in the Central African Republic as part of the United Nations MINUSCA mission.
This makes the ARAVIS the latest Nexter vehicle engaged in a United Nations peacekeeping mission, following in the footsteps of the LECLERC tank, the VBCI and the CAESAR, all three deployed in Lebanon by French forces as part of UNIFIL.
Nexter applies its expertise in land defence systems to meet the needs of the French army and other forces internationally. The scope of its business includes the supply of weapons systems and munitions for Army, Air Force, Navy and law enforcement applications. In 2014 Nexter reported revenue of Euros 1,048 million, of which 14% were allocated to Research & Development.
The range of products offered by Nexter includes: Artillery systems CAESAR, TRAJAN and, 105LG, Leclerc main battle tank, VBCI Infantry combat vehicle, ARAVIS highly protected armoured vehicle, TITUS, Nexter new armored 6×6, BONUS smart ammunition, all backed up by customer service, support and recycling.