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Nexter selected to develop loitering munition for French military

29th March 2023 - 15:00 GMT | by Jean-Marc Tanguy in Bordeaux


Nexter will supply the fragmentation warhead for a loitering munition developed for France's Colibri competition. (Photo: author)

Nexter is teaming up with a French UAV manufacturer to develop a fragmentation warhead for a fixed-wing loitering munition with a 40-minute endurance.

France's Defence Innovation Agency (AID) has selected Nexter and a French UAV manufacturer who wishes to remain anonymous at this stage to develop a loitering munition as part of the Colibri competition. 

The companies will supply a loitering munition based on a fixed-wing UAV capable of 40 minutes' endurance, the time required to to fly to a search area up to 5km away, look for a target (a light vehicle or group of infantry), and return to its launch point if it has not engaged.

The target unit cost is €20,000, ($21,700), which according to the programme director at Nexter is 'under the price of

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Jean-Marc Tanguy


Jean-Marc Tanguy

Jean-Marc Tanguy started its career in journalism on 1991 and focussed quickly on defence matters …

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