France is preparing an all-wheel drive wheeled howitzer

(ORDO NEWS) — The existing CAESAR self-propelled guns should be replaced by a more modern model of equipment.

French self-propelled artillery installation CAESAR will receive a successor from the concern Nexter

Nexter, a French manufacturer of armaments and military equipment, has received a contract from the French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) for the development and production of a new generation 155-mm CAESAR self-propelled artillery mount. The novelty, like its predecessor, should be based on a wheeled chassis.

The current generation of ACS uses Unimog or Sherpa truck chassis, which are available in various versions – from six to ten wheels – depending on customer requests.

CAESAR uses an upgraded version of the 155 mm TR F1 gun, is equipped with an armored cockpit with protection against bullets of up to 7.62 mm caliber and shell fragments, and is air transportable – self-propelled guns can transport both American and European.

France is preparing an all wheel drive wheeled howitzer 2

In the early 2000s, CAESAR replaced the AMX-30 AuF.1 tracked self-propelled guns, and the new CAESAR 6X6 Mark II should become a technically more advanced analogue of the existing howitzer.

A four-year contract concluded by DGA and Nexter implies the completion of a complete design of a new combat vehicle during this period.

What will happen if the CAESAR 6X6 Mark II is not created?

The Nexter concern itself does not consider such a development of events. By 2024, they will either have to put into production 109 copies of the new CAESAR 6X6 Mark II, or make only 33 new howitzers and upgrade 76 existing installations to the state of CAESAR 6X6 Mark II. In any case, by 2031, the French army should be armed with 109 new self-propelled artillery mounts.

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