French Nexter Systems has developed an improved configuration of its CAESAR (CAmion Equipé d’un Système d’ARtillerie) wheeled light self-propelled artillery system. This new configuration designed CAESAR MK2 includes a highly protected cabin which is fitted with a hatch to allow firing with a 5.65mm or 7.62mm guns.

The company is looking to sell a second batch of 64 systems to the French Army through the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) procurement agency. The French Army operates 8 systems in Afghanistan since August of 2009.

Prospects include countries like Belgium, Poland, Italy, Thailand, India and Portugal. A CAESAR system will be trialed in Portugal before the end of 2010.

CAESAR has been so far procured by France (77), Thailand and by Saudi Arabia where 100 systems are being delivered to the SANG (Saudi Arabian National Guard).

CAESAR system feature a 155mm/52 gun fitted with a Sagem Défense Sécurité SA SIGMA 30 inertial navigation system, Sagem Défense Sécurité SA CALP2G ballistic computer, Zodiac Data Systems RDB4-MK3 muzzle velocity radar, the Thales Communications PR4G tactical communications system and the Thales ATLAS fire control system. CAESAR systems in service in France and Thailand are integrated on a Renault Trucks Defense SHERPA 5 heavy tactical truck. CAESAR is able to fire NATO 39 caliber munitions.

SANG systems use a Mercedes Benz Unimog U5000 chassis adapted and modified by the French company SOFEMA.

CAESAR can be transported by aircraft like the C-130H Hercules, C-130J Super Hercules and the A400M Grizzly.

CAESAR weights 17 Tonnes and has a top road speed of 80 km/h and its autonomy is 600 km.

(Nexter Systems).


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