Ukraine, France agreed delivery of additional 155mm Caesar SPHs

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KYIV ($1=37.05 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Ukraine and France are working on the supply of new Caesar self-propelled guns for the armed forces. This was announced on Twitter by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba.

Photo credit: Nexter

He recounted details of his meeting with his French colleague Catherine Colonna in New York. “At our meeting, my French colleague Minister Colonna and I focused on how to hold Russia accountable for its crimes and on France’s contribution to rebuilding the war-torn regions of Ukraine,” Kuleba said.

According to him, he presented the project of the “Kyiv Security Treaty” to his French colleague. The two countries agreed to supply the armed forces of Ukraine with new Caesar self-propelled howitzers.

The transfer of 18 self-propelled artillery units to Ukraine was reported earlier. This led to an order from Nexter for additional new self-propelled guns for the French armed forces.

About 155mm Caesar SPH

According to Nexter, the new version of its howitzer offers a series of improvements for the crew, including an armored cabin, as well as a power plant with more torque, complemented by a new automatic transmission and reinforced chassis, all of which allow him to work on in difficult terrain topographic conditions.

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.

Photo credit: Nexter

Caesar SPH armament

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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