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The Nexter group is divided in several smaller entities, with the main one being Nexter Systems. The other sub-companies are:
- Nexter Munitions
- Nexter Mechanics
- Nexter Electronics
- Nexter Robotics
- Nexter Training
- NBC Sys
- Simmel Difesa
The GIAT group was founded in 1973 by combining the industrial assets of the technical direction of Army weapons of the French Ministry of Defense. The company was nationalized in 1991. On 22 September 2006 GIAT became the core of the new company Nexter.
For many years GIAT struggled to turn a profit. The company was operated at a loss. A 2001 report by the Cour des Comptes and a 2002 report by the National Assembly described the situation as critical. Not until April 2004 did the board of directors present the public with a financial statement showing a profit of several hundred million Euros. This was mainly due to increased export sales, and the modernization of the Leclerc Main Battle Tank (MBT) and several other armored platforms. Sales to the UAE however were accomplished with the payment of $200 million to intermediaries.
Nexter continues to produce several former GIAT small arms, cannon, and anti-armour weapons. One such weapon is the Wasp 58, a low cost, one man antiarmour/assault weapon system.
Merger with KMW
In 2015, Nexter and Krauss-Maffei merged under a single structure. The new KNDS – KMW+Nexter Defense Systems -- will be the European leader of terrestrial defense with more than 6,000 employees. The supervisory board appointed the new CEO of Nexter Systems, Stéphane Mayer, and the chairman of the executive board of KMW, Frank Haun, as CEOs of the holding company.
- The Véhicule de l'Avant Blindé (VAB) armoured personnel carrier;
- The Nexter Aravis - Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle;
- The Nexter Titus wheeled and mine protected vehicle;
The company also acquired a large influence in the field of combat and artillery vehicles thanks to the development of several large caliber canons:
- The Leclerc main battle tank;
- The CAESAR - 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer;
- The VBCI (Véhicule blindé de combat d'infanterie) wheeled armoured infantry fighting vehicle;
- The LG1 Mark II 105 mm towed howitzer;
- The TRF1 155 mm towed howitzer
- The GCT 155mm self-propelled gun
And several types of munitions for medium and large-calibre weapons:
- 120 mm ammunitions
- 155 mm ammunitions
- Tank ammunitions
- 40 mm ammunitions
Nexter/Giat also manufactures various weapons:
- The FAMAS assault rifle;
- The FR F2 sniper rifle;
- The 20 mm modèle F2 gun;
- The APILAS anti-tank rocket launcher;
- The Wasp 58 Light Anti-Armour Weapon;
- The Armes de Défense Rapprochée personal defence weapon;
- The GIAT 30 aircraft-mounted revolver cannon;
- History of the Nexter company Archived 2007-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
- Les industries d'armement: rapport au Président de la République suivis des réponses des administrations et des organismes concernés, Cour des Comptes, La Documentation Française, 2001
- Rapport d'information déposé par la commission de la défense nationale et des forces armées sur la situation de Giat Industries, "Report from the defense and armed forces commission on the situation of Giat Industries", presented by Yves Fromion and Jean Diébold, French National Assembly, 2002
- The Shadowy Arms Trade - A Look Back at a Questionable Tank Deal "An intermediary received a commission of almost $200 million for the sale of battle tanks to United Arab Emirates. Some of that money, though, may have been used to bribe government officials."
- "Missile Mirage", Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 1, 2007.
- Nexter Systems and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann have completed their association. nexter-group.fr. Retrieved 10 June 2016
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