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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Lessons from the War in Ukraine: The Vulnerability of Frontline Armor

According to the Oryx site, which refers to the losses documented by both sides since the beginning of the conflict, the Russian armies have so far lost more than 550 heavy tanks, of which more than half were destroyed by anti-tank missiles, artillery strikes or by enemy tanks. The situation is essentially the same for armored combat vehicles (350 including 150 destroyed) and infantry combat vehicles (600 including 350 destroyed), which represents half of all front line armored vehicles deployed by the Russia around Ukraine before the fighting started. Fact,…

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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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Egypt to acquire 200 South Korean K9 armored self-propelled guns for $1,7bn

Egypt today has, without question, the most powerful armed force in Africa and the Middle East, with an air force of 360 combat aircraft, a fleet of 8 submarines, 20 frigates and corvettes and 2 helicopter carriers, and a land force fielding more than 2000 heavy tanks and 3500 infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers. Inspired by both Soviet and American doctrines, the latter also fields powerful and modern artillery, with more than 600 self-propelled multiple rocket launchers, and a thousand armored self-propelled artillery systems, more than half of which are M109s. Americans. For many…

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Boeing offers new 155mm ramjet shell to US Army

With the arrival of new ammunition, such as the American XM1113 or the Italian Volcano, the range of artillery shells has increased considerably in recent years. Thus, where an M109A6 Paladin equipped with a 39-caliber L/39 gun (39 times the diameter of the 155 mm shell, or 6,05 m) struggled to hit targets at 20 km with traditional shells , it can now reach targets at 40 km with the XM1113, which is moreover with greatly increased precision thanks to GPS, inertial or laser guidance. In addition to the arrival of these so-called “additional propulsion” shells, i.e. benefiting from an additional thrust…

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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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UK to invest £ 2,7bn in its munitions industry

There are revealing signs of a country's strong will to take back the reins of its own defence. In recent months, several announcements by Boris Johnson's British government clearly go in this direction, such as the massive investment in the Tempest program, the increase in the Defense budget, and the announcement of a new class of frigates, the Type 32, to restore the Royal Navy to its status as the first European navy. It is precisely in this context that the announcement made today falls. Indeed, the British government has announced that it will devote not less than £2,4 billion, or €2,7 billion to the current exchange rate, for the modernization...

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The Italian Navy will receive its new super-destroyers from 2028

For some years now, Italy has made no secret of its Mediterranean ambitions, as well as those in the field of shipbuilding. And the Italian naval unit construction plan presented in July 2019 was impressive, as it targeted a fleet consisting of an aircraft carrier, 3 to 5 assault helicopter carriers, 4 heavy destroyers including 2 new DDX units, 10 FREMM frigates (or 8 if the sale of 2 FREMM to Egypt is maintained) and 7 PPAs, 8 new generation corvettes, 8 AIP attack submarines and 12 warships of mines including 8 new buildings. This announcement was...

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In turn, Russia presents its self-propelled gun "Caesar-like"

Coco Channel used to say that success was measured by the number of copies. According to this precept, the French Nexter teams who designed the CEASAR self-propelled gun can be proud of them! Because after Japan, India, China, Israel and the United States, it is the turn of Russia to present a model very inspired by the French concept, the Malva. Mounted on an 8×8 BAZ-6010 chassis, the Malva, designed by the Burevestnik Central Research Institute of the manufacturer Uralvagonzavod, is much closer to the heavy Caesar than to the original model, in the purest model of Russian industry. First mentioned in…

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