155mm CAESAR artillery trying to conquer the Malaysian market
KUALA LUMPUR, ($1=4.21 Malaysian Ringgits) — The French 155mm wheeled howitzer CAESAR will try to conquer the Malaysian market and become the main artillery of the Malaysian ground forces, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing information from the Belgian online portal Army Recognition.
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Malaysian company Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) and French manufacturer Nexter Systems are hoping for future deliveries. The two companies have already signed a memorandum of understanding during the DSA 2022 international defense and security exhibition, Belgians say.
ADS has a strong position in Malaysia and hopes to work with the French company to ensure improved innovation in the Malaysian company’s artillery systems.
Malaysia is not the only target of Nexter Systems. As BulgarianMilitary.com reported in February, the French are looking to the Middle East and trying to sell their product to the Iraqi government. The chances are high after it became clear that Baghdad prefers Nexter’s 155mm CAESAR.
155mm self-propelled howitzer Caesar
As we have already written, the 155mm self-propelled howitzer Caesar of the French Nexter Group is developed in two chassis variants – 6×6 and 8×8. The howitzer is extremely mobile and with a single tank, the charge can travel a little over 600 km at an average speed of 50 km / h. The maximum speed of the howitzer is 80 km / h.
The cabin is armored with a level of overprotection STANAG 4569 Level 2. The entire howitzer in combat deployment weighs just over 18 tons, is 10 meters long, and is almost four meters high. In addition to cannon and chassis, the French system has an autonomous weapon system, inertial navigation unit, initial speed radar, ballistic calculator, and the ability to interact with any C4I system.
The main gun is 155 mm / 52 mud artillery capable of firing up to 6 shells in one minute. The maximum range is from 4.5 to 40 km, but with the help of shell-jet, the range can be increased to 50 km.
The howitzer has a semi-automatic system for loading and automatic aiming and redirection of the weapon system. Works with all types of ammunition 39/52 mud standard NATO or ERFB, as well as intelligent ammunition. The howitzer unfolds in 60 seconds and the crew consists of 4-5 people.
The 155mm Caesar self-propelled howitzer has been involved in various French missions in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Mali, and Iraq. It can be transported by C-130 / A400 / IL76 / C-17 aircraft, as well as parachuted by them.
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