First export contract for the 4x4 French Nexter Aravis armoured vehicle for Saudi Arabia 2502121
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|Saturday, February 25, 2012, 11:47 AM|
|First export contract for the 4x4 French Nexter Aravis armoured vehicle for Saudi Arabia.|
Laurent Collet-Billon Delegate General for the French Armaments Procurement Agency (DGA) confirmed this Monday, February 20, 2012 during the presenting of the DGA 2011 results, that the French Defence Company manufacturer Nexter has signed a contract in late 2011 with Saudi Arabia, for "between 100 and 200" ARAVIS 4 x 4 armoured vehicle.
The Nexter Aravis is a high mobility 4x4 protected multi-mission vehicle intended for land forces in scenarios such as Iraq and Afghanistan
This is the first export contract for the high protected armoured vehicle Aravis, which has been designed, developed and manufactured by Nexter. The vehicle was unveiled in 2008 at the International Defence Exhibition Eurosatory in paris, France.
An order for 15 ARAVIS vehicles was placed by the Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (French army procurement agency DGA) in April 2009 for use by the French Army as a reconnaissance and escort vehicle for engineer units. The Aravis is currently in use by the French armed forces in Afghanistan.
In July 2006, Saudi Arabia has placed an order for 80 CAESAR 155mm wheeled self-propelled howiter which are also manufactured by The French Company Nexter.
The vehicle ARAVIS for Saudi Arabia should be equipped with a remote weapons system armed with a 20mm Nexter gun ARX-20.