Malaysian Army orders 18 105LG1 light guns froms Nexter

The Malaysian Ministry of Defense is planning to acquire 18 units of 105LG1 artillery systems for the Army Forces during one of the largest defense services exhibition in Asia, DSA&NATSEC 2018.

Nexter Systems 105 LG1 Mark III 105mm digital light towed gun at DSA 2018 925 001
Nexter 105 LG1 Light Gun Mark III at DSA 2018, the International Defense and Security Exhibition in Malaysia
(Picture source Army Recognition)

The contract is planned to run for three years with the first delivery of 6 units in November 2019 and the final delivery is due to take place in February 2020.

The 105LG1 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, mountain, 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 150LG1 equips today six armies around the world: Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Belgium, Canada and Colombia. This new acquisition of 105LG1 by the Malaysian army confirmed the excellent performance, ease of use and robustness of this gun.

ADS, one of main defense Malaysian player, and Nexter, the French land defense leader, are the business partner since the last 8 years and this contract marks one of major system that will be supplied to ADS. In support to the salience of the local artillery industry, the 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 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."