June 20, 2012 – Paris , France (Techreleased) –After the successful precision firings in 2011, the DGA notified the NEXTER Munitions / JUNGHANS T2M / ZODIAC DATA SYSTEMS (Zodiac Aerospace Group) consortium of the SPACIDO system qualification contract.
SPACIDO is a trajectory correction system for artillery shells after firing.
SPACIDO is independent of the GPS and is a completely standalone system that uses real shell velocities during the first minutes of flight using the Doppler Radar already fitted on existing artillery. The trajectory is corrected by the in-flight extension of an air-brake integrated into a multi-function rocket.
SPACIDO is compatible with all existing 155 mm and 105 mm artillery and ammunition.
SPACIDO increases firing precision by a factor of 5. This drastically reduces the amount of ammunition necessary to process a threat, and at the same time reduces risks of collateral damage and improves efficiency.
It is planned to introduce the SPACIDO system into operational use in the French Armed Forces after qualification in 2014. Many Armed Forces in other countries have already shown a keen interest in this solution.
About Nexter Munitions
Nexter Munitions, a subsidiary of Nexter Systems, supplies French and foreign armed forces with acomprehensive range of tank, artillery and medium-caliber ammunition, includingBONUS smart rounds. Nexter Munitions also develops and produces warheads, weapon safety and arming units and pyrotechniccomponents for missile and torpedo applications. Its 2010 turnover of €158 millionpositions Nexter Munitionsas a major player in the ammunition round field, devoting significant, self-financed financial resourceso to renewing its product range. Nexter Munitions has just over 500 employees including 312 on the Chapelle SaintUrsin site.
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