The French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves le Drian, inaugurated Tuesday, 16th of June, the Paris Airshow which is held in Le Bourget until Sunday, the 21th. The Minister notably assisted, on the Airbus booth, to the loading and unloading of the VBCI in the A400M. 630 VBCI (Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie – Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle) are in service in the French Army, which will be able to deploy these vehicles on foreign theatres aboard the A400M of the French Air Force.
Nexter also produces the CAESAR (CAmion Equipé d’un Système d’ARtillerie – Truck equipped with an Artillery System), which can also be transported by air in A400M and C130 aircrafts, thanks to its compactness and reduced weight. Additionally, Nexter is also producing aeronautical products: 30mm cannons (fitted on the Rafale and Mirage aircraft), cannon turrets for helicopters (THL30 fitted on the Tiger helicopter, THL20), the NC621 cannon pod (for helicopters and light aircrafts) and, last but not least, the SH20, a retractable 20mm door mounting, which is being qualified by the DGA (French armament procurement agency) on the Caracal and the upgraded Cougar helicopters.