Lithuania wants to order CAESAR mounted guns from French Nexter

During his visit to France to meet his counterpart Sébastien Lecornu, Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas confirmed in a tweet that his country intended to acquire CAESAR 155 mm artillery systems designed and manufactured by the French Nexter without specifying the number or the schedule. Update June 15: Lithuania signs a letter of intent for 18 French CAESARs. The CAmion Equipped with an Artillery System, or CAESAR, is today one of the most important export successes of the French specialist in land armaments Nexter. The 155 mm system, renowned for its precision, its length…

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Iraq announces it has ordered Rafale planes and artillery systems from France

As the country still faces an intense rebellion by the Islamic State, as Shia militias under Iranian control continue to grow in its territory, and as Turkish ambitions in the north of the country threaten the Kurdish regions, Iraq is trying to modernize its armed forces, by negotiating defense programs with its historical partners, the United States, Russia and France. However, as is very often the case with Baghdad, it is very difficult to see clearly in the announcements of the Iraqi authorities, which are not lacking in contradictions or even very improbable information, such as that mentioned at the start of this year wearing…

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After Belgium, Colombia is preparing to order the CAESAR mounted cannon from French Nexter

Since entering service in 2008, the Canon Equipped with a Nexter Artillery System, or CAESAR, has met with significant operational and commercial success. Successfully employed by French gunners in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Mali, and by its international users in Cambodia (Thailand) and Yemen (Saudi Arabia), the French system has demonstrated excellent operational qualities, combining high mobility at high reach (up to 40 km with ERFB shells, more than 50 km with added propulsion shells), as well as high accuracy even with unguided shells. These qualities were put to good use by the French artillery…

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Will Russia lose its army in Ukraine?

Since the 2008 military intervention in Georgia, Russian conventional military power had been a powerful tool at the service of the Kremlin, both to intimidate its neighbors and to bring Russia back to the forefront of the international geopolitical scene. The successes recorded in Crimea and then in Syria created an aura of power that allowed Moscow to impose itself on several occasions in Europe but also in Africa. This same conventional power, backed by the immense deterrent force of the Russian nuclear arsenal, largely explains the sometimes timorous attitude of Westerners in support of Ukraine during the first weeks of the conflict, when very few believed that…

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France to deliver CAESAR mobile artillery systems to Ukraine

In an interview focusing on international political issues given to the regional daily Ouest-France, President Macron indicated that beyond the diplomatic efforts carried out in coordination with Ukraine to maintain contact with the Kremlin, France had also stepped up its effort to deliver armaments to Ukraine, citing MILAN anti-tank missiles as well as, and this is a first, CAESAR 155mm mobile artillery systems, a gun renowned for its high precision, range and its great mobility

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of the French Army?

During his hearing before the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense of the Senate, the Chief of Staff of the Army (CEMAT), General Schill, declared that it would be a priority to give back to his army increased capacities in terms of artillery and close anti-aircraft defense on the occasion of the next Military Programming Law. It is true, and we have repeatedly addressed the subject in our lines, that these two areas are today part of the weak points of the Army, in particular to engage in a high intensity conflict. But through the statements of the French General, and...

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Belgium will order 9 155mm CAESAR guns from French Nexter

If Brussels' choice of the F-35A to replace its F-16 planes had caused a lot of reaction in France, even though the Rafale had not been officially presented in the competition, the Belgian authorities had nevertheless largely demonstrated their commitment to a strategic partnership with France, through the CAMO contract in 2018 relating to 442 armored vehicles VBMR Griffon and EBRC Jaguar of French invoice, as well as by entrusting in 2019 to the French Naval Group and its Belgian partner ECA the design and manufacture of 6 new generation mine warfare vessels. The Belgian Armies will…

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Nexter would negotiate a very important contract with Saudi Arabia

In recent years, French defense industries have not been very successful in their attempts to export to Riyadh, the Saudi kingdom having most often turned to other European partners or to the American ally for its arms contracts. But according to Saudi social networks, it seems that this lean period is about to end. Indeed, the Nexter group, a French specialist in land armaments and armored vehicles, is said to be negotiating a very large order with the Saudi authorities at this very moment. According to information that has leaked into the kingdom, Riyadh has asked Nexter for a proposal relating to…

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Czech Republic ready to order 52 CAESAR 155mm guns from Nexter

A little over a year ago, Prague announced its intention to order 52 CAmion Equipped with a 155mm Artillery System, commonly referred to as CAESAR, from its designer, the French company Nexter, for an amount of €224m. . The validation of the order probably took longer than expected, but Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar has just tweeted to confirm having given the green light for the order to be executed. According to the terms previously negotiated, the delivery of the 52 units mounted on an 8×8 Tatra platform must take place between 2022 and 2026. This is the 7th customer to…

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The Franco-German CIFS Artillery Program could be postponed

When he came to power, Emmanuel Macron launched 4 major cooperation programs between France and Germany in the field of defense equipment, with the aim of giving rise to a dynamic that would ultimately lead to the emergence of real European strategic autonomy. While Franco-German collaborations in this field had been almost at a standstill for nearly 30 years despite numerous requests from Paris, Berlin gave a favorable welcome to this French initiative, it is in fact largely spurred on by the President Trump's hostile attitude to NATO and very critical of Germany's lack of investment in…

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