The German defense procurement agency, BAAINBw has notified Nexter for a procurement contract for 7 P20 pintle mount gun system assemblies, on March 2.
The P20 is a pintle mount system equipped with a 20mm cannon, which can be installed on all types of light 4×4 vehicles. It is perfectly suited to ground-to-ground and ground-to-air missions of close fire support, urban combat, protection, self-defense or intimidation. This assembly uses the 20M621 gas-operated gun conceived by Nexter’s teams in Bourges, renowned for its ease of use and maintenance, and fires 20×102 ammunition to NATO or M50 standards.
The P20 is an entry-level manual solution that provides the explosive and armor-piercing power of the 20mm caliber. This is why the BAAINBw (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr, “Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support of the Bundeswehr”) has chosen the P20 to carry out the first experiment in Germany.
Two complementary consultations are expected in the near future: a call for tender for 20×102 ammunition and a second contract by 2021-2022 for additional P20 guns for the German Special Forces. This contract is a major first for Nexter, as it is the first equipment contract for the Bundeswehr signed by the group.
“In this campaign, Nexter has benefited from the invaluable assistance of Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann (KMW), its partner in KNDS, which was able to accompany the Nexter teams in charge of the offer throughout the public consultation and negotiations”, said a Nexter statement.
KNDS(KMW+Nexter Defense Systems) is a European defense industry holding company, which is the result of a merger between Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and France’s Nexter Systems.