Nexter (GIAT) 105 LG1 Towed Artillery Gun system

Nexter (GIAT) 105 LG1 Towed Artillery Gun system

The NATO light towed 105mm gun was especially developed for rapid deployment units. Priority has always been given to ruggedness, ease of implementation and weight reduction.
In operation, the 105LG1 MkIII has proven its unequalled reliability, mobility, maneuverability and firepower. Today, it makes the ideal fire support weapon for troops engaged under all climatic conditions, including on the most difficult terrain and can fire all NATO standard munitions, including the OE-LP G3 from Nexter Munitions, over a range greater than 17km.
Nexter offers a system for the artillery environment (ballistic processor and inertial navigation system) which is simple and adapted to flexible use of the equipment.
The 105LG1 MkIII can be integrated in all firing control systems (all types of C3I system, etc).
French defence company Nexter and its Malaysian partner Advanced Defence Systems (ADS) have been selected to supply 18 105 mm LG1 light towed artillery systems to the Malaysian Army. A contract for the system was signed with the Malaysian Ministry of Defence on 18 April at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, with deliveries of the guns expected to start in 2019 and be completed by February 2020.
The contract will include the supply of fully digitised 105 LG1 Mk III Light Guns, the BACARA compact portable ballistic computer (for use at battery level), as well as a first batch of 105 mm high-explosive, base-bleed, extended-range G3 ammunition (105 mm HE BB ER G3), which can be fired to a range of up to 17 km.
The contract, the value of which was not disclosed, also envisages that the integration and maintenance of the guns, which are designed for intervention and rapid reaction forces, will be carried out by ADS.
the air-portable guns are meant to replace the Malaysian Army’s ageing Oto Melara Model 56 105 mm pack howitzers, 100 of which are still operated by the service.
The 105 LG1, which weighs 1,650 kg, has been purchased by several other countries, including Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand.
The Malaysian Ministry of Defense announced the acquisition of 18 units of 105LG1 artillery systems for the Army Forces during one of the largest defense services exhibition in Asia, DSA&NATSEC 2018.
This 3-year contract will start by November 2019 with the first delivery of 6 light guns and the last delivery is due to take place in February 2020.
The 105 LG1 is a 105mm gun designed for intervention and rapid reaction forces. With a maximum range of 17 km, it can be towed by a light vehicle, transported by an average helicopter (PUMA or Bell 212 type) or parachuted by a tactical transport aircraft (C130-Hercules type).
This extreme mobility, thanks to its low weight (1650 kg), allows it to be deployed on any theater of operation as complex as it is (jungle, forest, mountains etc.). A crew of 5 men is enough to make it operational very quickly (a battery setup of 30 seconds) and to shoot at a rate of at least 12 rounds per minute.
Combat-proven and qualified by the French army, the gun of 105LG1 equips today six armies around the world: Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Belgium, Canada and Colombia. This new acquisition of 105LG1 by the Malaysian army confirms the excellent performance, ease of use and robustness of this gun.
ADS, one of the major Malaysian defense players, and Nexter, the French land defense leader, are business partners since 8 years and this contract is a new step of a fruitful cooperation. In support to the local artillery industry, 105 LG1 systems will be assembled locally at the ADS Assembly facilities near Gemas, Negeri Sembilan.
ADS is confident that this initiative will create self-reliance and improve the artillery capabilities among the army. The package will also include long range ERG3 ammunition and Bacara Ballistic Computer.
Dato’ Shafii Hj Roshad of ADS Sdn Bhd (ADS) expressed his appreciation to the Malaysian Government for the opportunity to work together and will continue to support the Government of Malaysia in providing solutions for the defense arena. Olivier Travert, Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer of Nexter said that “this contract is a new recognition of the Nexter Group’s expertise in the field of artillery and ammunition. This is an important success in our strategy to position our group as the leading artillery partner in Asia”.

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