Nexter Systems develops new 40 mm turret family

IHS Janes

21 June 2016
Nexter Systems T40M two-person turret installed on the Nexter Systems VBCI-2 8×8 IFV for firing and mobility trials in France and the Middle East. This is fitted with a roof-mounted RWS armed with a 7.62 mm MG. Source: Christopher F Foss

Key Points

  • Nexter systems has developed manned and unmanned turrets outfitted with the 40 mm Case Telescoped Cannon System
  • The 40 mm CTCS has already been selected for the UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicle and Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme, as well as the French Army’s Jaguar reconnaissance vehicle

Nexter Systems has developed the 40 CTA series of turrets which are armed with the CTA International 40 mm Cased Telescoped Cannon System (CTCS), using internal research and development funding.

The unmanned 40 CTA turret weighs around 2,900 kg with no hull intrusion and is provided with 60 rounds of ready to use ammunition.

The secondary armament configuration depends on the customer but can include a roof mounted 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun (MG) installed in a remote weapon station (RWS) and a single anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) mounted externally on either side of the turret.

The latter could be the latest French MBDA MMP which will be installed in a two-missile pod on the right side of the Jaguar’s two person turret. Other ATGW options include the US Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin or even the Russian KBP Instrument Design Bureau Kornet-E.

Turret traverse and weapon elevation is all electric with traverse through a full 360° at a maximum of 60°/s and elevation from -10 to 45° which makes it particularly useful for urban operations.

The weapons can be aimed by the gunner using a flat panel display and associated controls, taking in information from the roof mounted stabilised sighting system which includes day/thermal sights and a laser rangefinder.

There are a number of sighting system options including those supplied by Leonardo, Safran and Thales. These have a typical detection range of up to 4,800 m with a positive target identification range of up to 3,000 m, but this depends on ambient weather conditions.



It seems there are no pics of the new turret at the moment!

VBCI-2 in IFV with Nexter Systems T40 turret armed with a CTAI 40 mm CTAS: Details


Jaguar EBRC 6×6: Details


Ajax Scout SV CT40 40mm cannon: Details


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