European artillery specialist, Nexter has received a major order for 52 CAESAR self-propelled artillery guns in the eight-wheel drive (8×8) version.
The contract was inked by Czech Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar in the presence of French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly and Nicolas Chamussy, CEO of Nexter Group.
Nicolas Chamussy, CEO of Nexter Group, praises the Czech Republic’s decision to acquire an “innovative, proven artillery system known for its high reliability. Following the TITUS program launched in 2019, this additional acquisition is a testament to the quality of the partnership between Nexter and the Czech defence industry. Thanks to this new success, Nexter is once again contributing to the consolidation of the European defence industrial base”.
The Czech Republic becomes the third European customer and the seventh operator of the weapon in the world. Nexter has received more than 350 orders for the CAESAR 155mm (52 caliber) self-propelled gun, which has been in service since 2008.
The CAESAR eight-wheel drive (8×8) version, chosen by the Czech Ministry of Defence is perfectly suited to high-intensity combat.
This version of the CAESAR carries 36 shells, which gives it a high ammunition autonomy and resupply is carried out at a high rate (three minutes compared with ten for its fully automated competitors).
Thanks to its low mass, the CAESAR 8×8 has a lower fuel consumption than heavy tracked howitzers, which is a major advantage in high-intensity combat configurations where the fluidity of logistical supplies is threatened by long-range artillery.
CAESAR is the main armament of the French army’s artillery regiments as well as many foreign artilleries that have chosen this robust, high-performance gun. Designed for direct support of troops in contact or support in depth, it has proven its worth in numerous external operations.
After the sale of 19 CAESAR 8×8 to Denmark mounted on Tatra Trucks chassis and the supply of 6×6 TITUS armored vehicles to the Czech Army, produced under license with the Czechoslovak Group (CSG), cooperation between Nexter and the Czech defense industry is developing around a large-scale artillery program.
In addition to Tatra Trucks, who supplies the chassis, the contract provides for the involvement of several CSG Group companies: Excalibur Army is in charge of assembling the CAESARs intended for the Czech Republic, Tatra Defence Vehicles produces the armored cabin locally, and RETIA integrates the communication resources and equipment linked to the artillery fire control system.
The partnership also covers ammunition, mainly with the companies STV and Explosia, to enable local supply of conventional shells and modular charges. Special ammunition such as complex ammunition or ammunition with insensitive explosives will be supplied by Nexter’s ammunition unit.
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