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Under a contract awarded by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) on 11 May, Nexter has placed a major order with EURENCO, the European leader in energetic materials, to supply modular artillery charges. A total of 70,000 modules will be manufactured at the EURENCO Bergerac site and delivered between 2021 and 2022 to the French Army, for use on the CAESAR© system.

This contract will support and strengthen the production capacity of the French ammunition industry for the benefit of the armed forces, but also improve the flexibility of the EURENCO Bergerac site. Negotiations began in January 2020 and, despite the constraints imposed by the health crisis, this contract came into effect as soon as possible, thanks to the efforts of all the players.

These modular charges for the CAESAR® system meet the requirements of the NATO “JBMoU” standard, making them compatible with all 155mm artillery systems that meet this standard. These modern artillery charges – using from 1 to 6 modules depending on the desired range of fire – replace conventional gargoyle charges. With only two types of modules, live and slow charges, this propulsion system allows for safer implementation and simpler operational use while guaranteeing safety for users despite an increased rate of fire. Its modularity also reduces the logistical footprint and ammunition supply requirements of the artillery piece.

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