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Nexter (GIAT) LG1

105mm Towed Light Howtizer

France | 1995

"The Nexter / GIAT LG1 105mm light towed howitzer was adopted by six foreign armies since its introduction."

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Nearly all military powers of the world field some form of 105mm light towed artillery piece. For several export customers, the French LG1 howitzer by Nexter (formally GIAT Industries) was made available from the mid-1990s onwards. The gun was designed with lightweight characteristics allowing it to be transportable by various means into battle, arranged for action in under a minute, and capable of firing NATO standard munitions at range. The weapon has seen combat service in the Afghanistan Theater and has proven itself a reliable battlefield piece in the fire support role. Rocket-assisted projectiles enhance firing ranges even further and add considerable flexibility for ground forces requiring plunging fire on enemy positions.

The LG1 is supported by a standard operating crew of five and these specialists can prepare the gun for fire or transport in less than 30 seconds. A firing rate of 12 rounds-per-minute is possible under most conditions and an Inertial Positioning and Laying System (IPLS) and a ballistics computer are optional accessories for accurized sighting and ranging. Weighing in at 1,600 kilograms, the LG1 is ground-transportable by standard 4x4 military vehicles and air-transportable in the belly of a medium transport aircraft (Lockheed C-130 Hercules class or similar).

The LG1 gun has been adopted (beyond France) by the fighting forces of Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, and Thailand. Singapore is a former operator of the LG1, having retired their stock in 2008 in favor of the homegrown SLWH "Pegasus" system. Both the Thai Army and Marines utilize the LG1 series. Canadian LG1s are being upgraded locally to an improved standard.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Nexter LG1 105mm Towed Light Howtizer.
None. This is a towed artillery piece.
Installed Power
The physical qualities of the Nexter LG1 105mm Towed Light Howtizer.
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Nexter (GIAT) LG1 105mm Towed Light Howtizer.
1 x 105mm barrel.
Dependent upon ammunition carrier. NATO-standard munitions.
Nightvision - NONE.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - NONE,
Notable series variants as part of the Nexter (GIAT) LG1 family line.
LG1 - Base Series Designation
LG Mk II - Canadian Army designation
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Nexter (GIAT) LG1. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 130 Units

Contractor(s): GIAT Industries / Nexter Systems - France
National flag of Belgium National flag of Canada National flag of Colombia National flag of France National flag of Indonesia National flag of Singapore National flag of Thailand

[ Belgium; Canada; Colombia; France; Indonesia; Thailand; Singapore ]
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Design Qualities
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