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New Sights for Leclerc XLR Renovated Tank

Prototype Leclerc XLR [© Bob Morrison]

Nexter and Safran have been notified by the French DGA of a contract for the modernisation of the sights of the Leclerc XLR renovated tank (Leclerc XLR).

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Press Release, Versailles, 08 February 2024: Nexter, a company of KNDS, and Safran Electronics & Defense have been notified by the French MoD’s procurement and technology agency (DGA) of a contract for the modernisation of the sights of the renovated Leclerc tank (Leclerc XLR). The ‘observation’ function of the Leclerc XLR will be brought to the latest standard, notably thanks to the PASEO sight, to meet the most severe requirements of the modern battlefield.

The strengthening an essential capability of the Leclerc tank: The temporary company grouping (GME) comprising Nexter, a company of KNDS, and Safran Electronics & Defense has been notified by the DGA of a contract for the development and integration of the new sights for the tank commander and gunner. These sights are the two main observation and engagement systems of the Leclerc tank, allowing the crew to detect, identify, and target an object several kilometres away before engaging it. These sights benefit from the latest optronic and inertial technologies, drawing on over 30 years of expertise from Safran Electronics & Defense and the global references of the PASEO sight.

New digital sights: Following technical negotiations with the DGA teams, Nexter and Safran Electronics & Defense are strengthening the ‘observation’ function in light of the new threats on the battlefield. The optronic core of the Leclerc tank’s weapon system is digitised to increase the data flow and provide high-quality images in all conditions. The analogue video system of the Leclerc tank is replaced by a digital video system. The gunner’s sight is modernised with latest-generation optronic sensors and new electronics. Meanwhile, the commander’s sight is replaced by a latest-generation PASEO sight designed for panoramic observation and engagement in all conditions. The PASEO family already provides the same functions on the armoured vehicle JAGUAR. For the commander’s scope, OPT-Sys, a company of KNDS, provides the digital monocular that serves as the interface between the tank commander and the PASEO sight.

An enhancement for the Leclerc XLR: Equipped with SCORPION vetronics, reinforced protection, a new remotely operated turret, and these latest-generation sights, the Leclerc XLR will be able to face all threats until their successors enter service. These Leclerc XLR have been in production since the beginning of 2023, and all of these tanks will be delivered with their modernised sights by 2035.

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