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Caesar  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: 237
Unitary Cost: USD$5.0 million
Origin: France
Corporations: NEXTER
Parent System: Caesar
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: 237
Total Cost: USD$800 million
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Description: The Caesar is an artillery system which combines the chassis of a 6x6 Mercedes-Unimog truck and a 155mm 52-caliber field gun. The Caesar concept offers high mobility, transportability, rapid deployment and high performance for shoot and scoot tactics. In less than two minutes Caesar is able to fire six rounds leaving the area to avoid the counterfire. All the equipment requested to carry out artillery missions has been integrated into the Caesar chassis, making it a fully autonomous system. The lightweight and flexible Caesar offers superior mobility over the existing self-propelled howitzers with the advantage of air transportability. It is exceptionally suitable for rapid reaction and/or highly deployable forces.

The French Army ordered five Caesar systems for evaluation purposes, several sources suggest that Caesar will supersede currently fielded 155 TRF towed howitzers in the near term. The testing and evaluation tests were completed in 2004 with excellent results. Caesar has attracted interest from many Armed Forces around the globe. The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) awarded GIAT Industries the eagerly awaited first full rate production contract valued at €300 million on December 13, 2004. This contract covers production of 72 Caesars and logistics support for over a period of five years. The aim of this contract is to field eight fully-capable Caesar-equipped batteries in the French Army by 2011.

On April 3, 2006 the French Ministry of Defense announced that the government of Thailand was ordering six Caesar artillery weapon systems from GIAT-Industries. With this order Thailand became the first export operator for this wheeled indirect fire system. On 20 July 2006, GIAT Industires announced the award of an export order involving 76 Caesar truck-mounted 155mm/52 artillery systems. The end customer was not revealed by GIAT but it was assumed to be Saudi Arabia. These Caesar systems were mounted on a Soframe-Unimog truck instead of the Renault Trucks Defense chassis used on the systems ordered by France and Thailand.

Caesar Applications


Artillery Systems Trajan

Caesar Specifications

Ammunition Load: 18
Crew: 5
Wheel Drive: 6x6
Dimensions
Height: 3.30 meter
Length: 10 meter
Main Gun Caliber: 155 millimeter
Width: 2.55 meter
Performance
Main Gun Max Range: 42,000 meter (26.1 mile)
Main Gun Min Range: 4,500 meter
Max Range: 600 kilometer
Rates
Max Rate of Fire: 6 roundperminute
Speed
Cross Country Speed: 13.9 mps (50 kph)
Top Speed: 27.8 mps (100 kph)
Time
SetUp Time: 60 second (0.02 hour)
Weight
Combat Weight: 17,700 kilogram
Empty Weight: 15,400 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Caesar News

There are 14 news between
13 Dec 2004 and 22 May 2017
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Monday, May 22, 2017Denmark Places Order for up to 21 Caesar Self-Propelled Howitzers on 8x8 Truck Systems
Monday, February 20, 2017Indonesia Places Order for 18 Additional Caesar Truck-Mounted Artillery Systems
Wednesday, June 18, 2014Nexter and Avibras Announce Cooperation in the Artillery Segment
Wednesday, March 5, 2014Sagem to Supply Sigma 30 Pointing Systems for CAESAR Mobile Howitzers
Friday, January 20, 2012French Army Awards Nexter Multi-Annual Contract to Supply Large-caliber Ammunition
Wednesday, January 18, 2012Sigma 30 Navigation and Pointing System Chosen to Modernize French, German and Italian M270s
Monday, July 28, 2008Delivery of the first CAESAR Artillery System to the French Army
Tuesday, July 22, 2008French Army Takes Delivery of First Serial Production Caesar Artillery Cannon
Wednesday, June 18, 2008Sagem Delivers 1000th SIGMA 30 Gyrolaser Artillery Pointing System
Tuesday, April 3, 2007DGA and French Army Start CAESAR Test Firings

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Indonesia54
First batch ordered in 2012 for 36 howitzers and second batch for 18 howitzers ordered in 2017

Grand Total 2375
Cannons & Gear
155mm L52x1
Defensive Weapons
BONUS
LU211 HE IM
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