Products[edit | edit source]
- The FAMAS assault rifle;
- The FRF2 sniper rifle;
- The Armes de Défense Rapprochée personal defence weapon;
- The Leclerc main battle tank;
- The Véhicule de l'Avant Blindé (VAB) armoured personnel carrier;
- The Nexter Aravis - Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle;
- The 20 mm modèle F2 gun;
- The APILAS anti-tank rocket launcher;
- The Wasp 58 Light Anti-Armour Weapon;
- The CAESAR - 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer
- The LG1 Mark II 105 mm towed howitzer;
- The Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) wheeled armoured infantry fighting vehicle.
History[edit | edit source]
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.
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.
References[edit | edit source]
- History of the Nexter company
- 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
- "Missile Mirage", Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 1, 2007.
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