Nexter-L&T JV for 155mm towed gun artillery programme

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Defence majors Nexter Systems of France and Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) of India signed an agreement late last year announcing the formation of Nexter Systems-led consortium for 155mm towed gun artillery programme for the Indian Army.

Under the proposal, Nexter will field TRAJAN, 155 mm/52-calibre weapon system. TRAJAN offers enhanced firepower through quicker response, longer range and improved accuracy. It covers larger areas with fewer guns and favours initiative, manoeuvring and quick reaction time while minimising risks. Nexter has provided 145 towed guns systems to French Army and other armed forces.

“Joining forces between Nexter and Larsen & Toubro will bring through a fruitful cooperation, the development of the innovative 155mm towed gun that will better answer Indian Army needs,” said Philippe Burtin, Chairman and CEO, Nexter Systems.

Larsen & Toubro, in association with Nexter Systems, will manufacture critical subsystems for TRAJAN which will integrate and provide required support for the gun system to the Indian Army. L&T bringsto the consortium its track record of development of various weapon systems for Defence Research and Development Organisation and Indian armed forces across land, naval and air defence applications.