Romiros wrote:What happened with Nexter ?
After M193 manufacture ended in 1993 (IIRC), and FAMAS production ended around 15 years ago, Nexter took up high-level maintenance operations only.
They decided profit margins on small arms and ammo are too small in an already oversaturated market. Now they only manufacture 20 mm guns / ammo and above.
SpeisCheese wrote:French industries have some trouble finding customers.
You're talking nonsense. Again.
Nexter is entering a 9th consecutive year of "high profits": http://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-fin ... 61622.html
The defence industry is finding customers pretty easily :
French arms exports in 2014 ‘best in 15 years’
Paris, June 2, 2015 (AFP) – French arms exports rose 18 percent in 2014, according to a defence ministry report published Tuesday, the country’s best export performance for 15 years.
France sold 8.2 billion euros ($9.1 billion) of weapons last year, mainly due to clinching five “large” contracts (defined as more than 200 million euros).
These large contracts represented a total of 4.79 billion euros — a gain of 71 percent compared to the previous year.
The positive figures should continue in 2015 with contracts to provide 24 Rafale combat jets to Egypt and the same amount to Qatar already in the bag. The figures put France “solidly” in fourth place in terms of global arms exports, the report said, behind the United States, Russia and China.
France’s main markets over the period 2010 to 2014 were the Middle East (38 percent), followed by Asia (30 percent).
After that came Europe (13 percent), the Americas (11 percent) and Africa (four percent).
The top French client over the period was Saudi Arabia, which snapped up 12 billion euros worth of weapons over the period — including three billion dollars bought to help the Lebanese army.
Then followed India (around six billion euros), Brazil (just under six billion), the United Arab Emirates (four billion), the United States and Morocco.
SIPRI ranks France as the third defense exporter for 2014. And a little mouse tells me that with any luck, we might be able to snatch second place for 2015...
So yeah. Stop worrying about the state of our defense industry.
Maybe not making domestic small arms (that we never managed to sell in volumes anyways) is not so critical after all.