July 21, 2017 - 09:50 ( Brasília )

Technology

Nexter signs a contract with ArianeGroup for the supply of opto-pyrotechnic detonators for the Ariane 6 program


Nexter Munitions, subsidiary of the Nexter Group, and ArianeGroup, formerly Airbus Safran Launchers, signed a contract for the development of new generation opto-pyrotechnic detonator for the Ariane 6 program.

These initiator devices enable triggering of launcher pyrotechnic equipment, notably to ignite solid propellant and booster separation engines. The Opto-pyrotechnic detonator was developed by the Nexter Munitions centre in Tarbes, France and represents a completely new technological approach in the field, using a light energy source instead of an electric current.

The use of fibre optics for the detonators instead of copper conductors, allows easy integration into complete structures, considerable weight saving, but also makes the device resistant to any electromechanical attacks.

Vincent Ginabat, Chairman and CEO of Nexter Munitions, said he was "very proud to be able to supply high technology applications guaranteeing access to space. This contract solidifies and ensures a long-term partnership between Nexter Munitions and ArianeGroup."

Ariane 6 is a programme of ArianeGroup, design authority and industrial manager of the launcher, under the European Space Agency (ESA).

Nexter, the leading French land defense company and third European player in the ammunition sector is part of the KNDS Group. It is dedicated to meeting the needs of the land forces of Nations on an international scale.

The scope of its business includes the supply of weapon systems and ammunition for air and naval forces. The group continues to apply its international development policy with 60% of the order intake in 2016 intended for the export market.

In France, Nexter is fully committed to meeting the objectives of the SCORPION program, through the renovation of the Leclerc tank and the development of the future VBMR and EBRC vehicles within the GME (temporary business venture between Nexter, Thales and Renault Trucks Defense).