The Colombian Ministry of Defence has selected the NELI artillery ballistic computing and fire control system from Madrid-based Star Defence Logistics & Engineering (SDLE). Dynamic Trading Solutions, SDLE’s representative in Colombia, has signed a $1.1 million (€1 million) contract with the MoD for the supply of four NELI, which are to be delivered by September this year. The systems will be used in conjunction with the Colombian Army’s Nexter LG-1 105mm howitzers, of which it operates 20 systems. The LG1 is a modern 105 mm towed howitzer designed and produced by GIAT Industries (now Nexter group) of France. The delivered NELI will carry a 60-month warranty, according to the company.
The LG1 howitzer is a 105 mm towed artillery piece that features both low weight and a high level of accuracy over long distances. Its lightweight construction gives the barrel a relatively short lifespan. The equivalent full charge (EFC) count is suggested to be approximately 7,500; however, during fire and practice, has yielded only around 1,500 EFCs. The gun was specifically designed for use by rapid deployment forces with attributes such as ruggedness, ease of operation and reduced weight. It can fire all NATO standard 105 mm ammunition up to a range of 18.5 and 19.5 kilometres (11.5 and 12.1 mi) using HE-ER G2 and US M913 rounds.