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France and Belgium implement an agreement from 2018 to jointly improve rural mobility. At that time, the two countries agreed to enter into a long-term strategic partnership in the field of ground mobility. Now the Belgian subsidiary of the Herstal Group, FN Herstal, and the French Nexter Group have signed a contract under the motorized capability program set up for the Belgian army. The aim is to improve rural mobility in Belgium.

The contract includes the manufacture and delivery of the latest generation of the remote controlled weapon system (FLW) deFNder by FN Herstal. This is a FLW of the medium-difficult category. These are then to be used on the Véhicule blindé multi-rôles (VBMR) Griffon (armored multi-purpose vehicle), which Nexter will deliver to the Belgian army between 2025 and 2030. Nexter is the prime contractor in a French consortium responsible for the program.

In addition to the weapons systems for the Belgian Griffon, the same weapon stations for the modernization program of the Leclerc main battle tank are being supplied to the French army.

In the future, further options for deliveries are to be used as part of the companies' international programs. This applies to new business as well as modernization and maintenance orders.

FN Herstal und Nexter schließen strategisches Abkommen
FN Herstal und Nexter schließen strategisches Abkommen

FN Herstal currently employs more than two hundred people in the field of integrated weapon systems at the Herstal site in Belgium. Philippe Claessens, CEO of the Herstal Group, sees this contract as an important step in the expansion of the Herstal Group: "This enables us to enter a symbolic Franco-Belgian partnership for the development of a European defense capability."

André Forkert