Nexter presents fire support vehicle for Special Forces fitted with 20mm cannon
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At SOFINS 2021, the French company Nexter Systems presents a solution of fire support vehicle for Special Forces using its ARX-20 20mm cannon mounted on a Masstech T6 6x6 light tactical vehicle.
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Masstech T6 light tactical vehicle fitted with ARX-20 20mm automatic cannon at SOFINS 2021. (Picture source Army Recognition)
The Masstech T6 is a light tactical vehicle based on a Toyota Land Cruiser with one additional axle offering more mobility in sandy ground. The vehicle shown at SOFINS is configured for Special Forces Operations using an open-top architecture. The Masstech was developed by the French company TECHNAMM.
The Masstech T6 in Special Forces configuration has two seats at the front and a cargo area at the rear. There are no doors, and the vehicle is protected by a tubular frame roll-bar. The vehicle is specifically designed to provide the user with outstanding mobility and terrain accessibility. The front of the crew compartment is fitted with two windscreens that can be folded on the hood.
At SOFINS 2021, the Masstech T6 was fitted on a circular ring mount armed with an ARX-20 20mm automatic cannon that can rotate on 360°. This type of weapon can offer a high level of firepower and can be used to destroy light armored vehicles.
With a weight, compactness and integration specifications comparable to 12.7mm caliber machine gun mounts, the ARX-20 turret, equipped with an M621 20mm cannon, can provide higher firepower and terminal efficiency than the majority of similar weapons available on the current military market.
The M621 20mm cannon has a maximum firing range of 1,200 m and has a rate of fire of 750 rounds per minute. The ARX 20 weapon station can be easily integrated on light 4x4 tactical and armored vehicles and above. It was first unveiled in 2008 at Eurosatory, defense exhibition in Paris, France.