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Naval Group and Nexter To Modernize Narwhal Remote Weapon Systems for French Navy Vessels


The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on January 16 2020, awarded Nexter and Naval Group a contract for the modernization of the Narwhal 20B 20mm remote weapon stations (RWS) fitted aboard all French Navy surface vessels.


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The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has awarded Naval Group and Nexter a contract to modernize Narwhal 20B 20mm remote weapon stations (RWS) fitted aboard all French Navy surface vessels.

Nexter the French Defence company with its Narwhal Naval remote weapon systems is particularly designed for use in lightships with very high manoeuvrability for monitoring and close-in combat actions but may also be suitable for heavier tonnage ships. The effectiveness of the weapon is optimised by a stabilised sight associated with a fire-control system while improving the operator's safety.

Certification of Narwhal 20B in “V2” version is targeted for mid-2021. Deployment on French naval vessels will be completed before the first half of 2022.

NARWHAL20 is a fully stabilized remotely controlled naval weapon station. It is the fruit of Nexter Systems innovation and expertise in medium caliber cannons, gun mounts and turrets for both fixed and rotor-wing aircraft as well as for naval vessels.

NARWHAL20 combines the 20mm impressive firepower and advanced electro-optical day/night sensors and is ideally suited for maritime surveillance, law enforcement and sea police interception missions for countering and neutralizing evolving threats.