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US News To deliver hundreds of state-of-the-art armors, this Loire factory works full

18:35  24 september  2021
18:35  24 september  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Pour livrer des centaines de blindés dernier cri à notre armée, cette usine de la Loire fonctionne à plein régime © Pixabay to deliver hundreds of state-of-the-art shielded to our army, this Loire factory works full a Roanne Factory (Auvergne Rhône Alpes) aims to deliver 936 heavy griffon multi-roles shielded, 489 Armored Multi-Role Serval Vehicles and 150 Recognition and Combat Gear (EBRC) Jaguar by 2025, and as much on the Following years, a program of a total amount of 11 billion euros.

This Plant of the Loire (Auvergne Rhône Alpes) can rub your hands. The site behind him a century of equipment intended for armies. In charge of providing French forces into hundreds of state-of-the-art shielded, it currently operates at full speed. Nexter , a subsidiary of the Franco-German Knds Holding, is the worker ankle, alongside the other Arquus , Thales and Texelis defense industrialists, the Scorpion program that includes new gear and upgrading of the oldest, in particular The Leclerc massive tank, interconnected by an information system.

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With 60 million euros of investment, it was necessary to enlarge and reorganize this factory dating from 1917 and the roofs characteristic of saw teeth, to meet the objectives of the 2019-2025 military programming law. It is aimed at the delivery of 936 heavy-driven multi-roles Griffon , 489 Armored Vehicles Multi-Role Serval and 150 Recognition and Combat Gear (EBRC) Jaguar by 2025, and as much over the next five years , a program totaling 11 billion euros.

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"The conjunction of the development of three vehicles, knowing that there are engineering studies, tests, Integration tests, prototypes in all directions, the rise in industrial rate, it is not a simple job, "says Nicolas Chamussy, the Director General of Next. Five years ago, the Roanne site "no longer produced new vehicles", its facilities used to maintain or renovate ancient armor, recalls this airbus transfer that took control of the company in April.

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But in four years, the workforce swelled by 500 people, reaching 1,367 employees, and up to 80 should be added in 2022 to process the order book. Especially since Scorpion armors have begun to meet the success in export: Belgium commissioned 442 (382 Griffon and 60 Jaguar), a € 1.6 billion contract including training, the Training and maintenance, all for delivery from 2025. "How to integrate 500 people in addition, to train new trades, guaranteeing their safety? It's a everyday fight "," says Mr. Chamussy.

The factory received impressive cutting machine tools: the aluminum used for the shell of the shielded, lighter than the steel of the old generation gear, can make up to 8 cm thick. Part of the assembly is robotized, while some welds are made by "mixing friction", an innovative process that avoids fusion and thus losses of the physical qualities of the metal, potentially fatal on the battlefield. The lines nevertheless seem more artisanal aspects than those of the automotive plants: number of operations remain manual, the clamping of the bolts to the connections of the sprawling beams of the turrets of fire.

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It must be said that the pace is not the same as the hundreds of Daily units at Renault or Peugeot. At full speed, Roanne will produce a griffin (six wheels, 24.5 tons) every two days, a jaguar every ten days, and three serval every two days. It is this compact and angular version of the Griffon, with its four wheels and 15 tons, but capable of carrying 10 soldiers, which monopolized attention this week, with the inauguration of its line of assembly. The first copies will be delivered Start 2022.

The high technology is transplained inside, between touch screens and ubiquitous electronic boxes: the Scorpion program forms a communicating defense system, capable for example to decide, on a battlefield, which vehicle, which vehicle will be best placed to reach his target. Beyond the commercial visibility area of ​​this high-end program, Next's leaders remain cautious on new contracts, after the upheaval of COVID-19. "We leave a period when the sellers could not travel (...) We are still a little blind", concedes Mr. Chamussy.

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