French deal with Nexter, Texelis to provide operational superiority: French armed forces minister

French deal with Nexter, Texelis to provide operational superiority

A contract award for Nexter and Texelis for the development, production and service of a Light VBMR troop carrier, with more than 2,000 armored vehicles to be built by 2030. The French armed forces minister announced on Monday

“The contract awarded by the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) includes development, manufacture and maintenance of this new vehicle for the Army,” the Armed Forces Ministry said in a statement. The 2019-2025 military budget law forecasts a fleet of more than 2,000 Light VBMRs by 2030, of which 689 are to be delivered by 2025.

Florence Parly had announced the result of a closely watched tender on her visit to the Nexter factory at Roanne, central France.

That contract for Nexter and Texelis was estimated to be worth some €1.2-1.3 billion (U.S. $1.5-1.6 billion), according to a defense executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Nexter will supply the armored chassis, while Texelis will ship axles and drive trains for mobility packages.

There will be separate contracts for Thales and Renault Trucks Defense. Thales will supply the Antares opto-electronic system for situational awareness, while RTD will provide remote weapon systems with machine guns, the executive said. That will be government-furnished equipment shipped to Nexter for fitting into the vehicles.

The total value of the Light VBMR program could be some €2 billion, the executive said.