Nexter,
the  leading  land
defense  systems  manufacturer

A WORD FROM STÉPHANE MAYER

Stéphane Mayer
CEO OF NEXTER, CO-CEO OF KNDS


Through the creation of KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems), representing a first step towards future consolidation, we will be able to offer joint products meeting the federated operational needs of the French Army and the German Bundeswehr, as well as other European armies, often engaged in the same theaters of operations.  

The beginning of a new era

As the only French armored vehicles and artillery systems manufacturer and integrator, Nexter is today a pioneer in the consolidation of the European land defense industry. Through the creation of KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems), representing a first step towards future consolidation, we will be able to offer joint products meeting the federated operational needs of the French Army and the German Bundeswehr, as well as other European armies, often engaged in the same theaters of operations.

These economies of scale will enable us to offer more competitive products and to support our objective to expand into international markets. We will thus be able to optimise our R&D investments, our ability to innovate, and our expertise in high-tech solutions, notably in the fields of armor plating, troop protection and smart ammunition.

This European objective completes our aim to meet France’s strategic
defense requirements while preserving core French competencies and our country’s technological industrial base in the defense sector.

As a systems manufacturer and integrator, we are at the center of the
SCORPION program, an important step in the modernisation of the French Army. Through a Temporary Business Grouping (Groupement Momentané d’Entreprises, GME) formed with Renault Trucks Defense and Thales, our teams are fully invested in supplying the French forces with GRIFFON and JAGUAR vehicles from 2018 and 2020. We are, moreover, the design authority for the JAGUAR, a combat vehicle that represents our core expertise.

In order to prepare for the future, we are already working within KNDS
on the European land defense systems programs of the 2030s, while at the same time ensuring our progressive integration.

Chapter 1

the group’s strategic

Vision

Chapter 2

At the heart
of the

industrial &
operational challenges
of tomorrow

Chapter 3

A solid
and

innovative range of
benchmark products
for land forces