Morocco to purchase 30 French Nexter CAESAR 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzers
According to an article published in the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces magazine, edition August/September 2020, Morocco confirms the acquisition of French-made Nexter CAESAR 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzers. Citing a Tweet of Defence360, Morocco will purchase 30 CAESAR 6x6 self-propelled howitzers that will be based on a Sherpa 6x6 truck chassis manufactured by the French company ARQUUS.
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French Army Nexter CAESAR 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzers. (Picture source Army Recognition)
In January 2020, the French newspaper website "La Tribune" has announced that the French company Nexter has signed a contract of €230 million for the sale of CAESAR 155mm self-propelled howitzers as well as ammunition to Morocco.
Since CAESAR entered in service, this artillery system has become combat-proven during external combat operations in Afghanistan, Mali, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, the Sahel region, the Middle-East, and East Asia. The CAESAR in 6x6 and 8x8 configurations are already in service with France and Europe, Middle-East, South, and East-Asia. More than 300 CAESAR mobile artillery gun systems have already been produced to date.
The CAESAR is a 6x6 self-propelled howitzer designed and manufactured by the French company Nexter. The 6x6 wheeled self-propelled howitzer CAESAR is armed with a 155 mm/52 caliber cannon mounted at the rear of the truck chassis. The cannon inherits of the long tradition of cannons by Nexter (ex- GIAT Industries), with the French-made TRF1 155mm towed howitzer and the AUF1 self-propelled howitzer on tracked armored chassis.
The 155mm/52 caliber of the CAESAR can fire a wide range of ammunition: among others, LU family (HE, Illuminating, Smoke and Practice) filled with insensitive or conventional explosives, the BONUS (Anti-Tank, smart), ERFB NR (Explosive Extended-Range Full-Bore), as well as the new KATANA 155mm, guided artillery ammunition. It has a firing range from 4.5 to 40 km and a high level of accuracy with the LU family.
The 6x6 155mm self-propelled howitzer using the ARQUUS Sherpa 6x6 truck chassis is motorized with a Renault dCI 6 diesel engine coupled to a manual gearbox with 8 forward and 1 reverse gears. It can reach a maximum road speed of 90 km/h, or 50 km/h in off-road conditions, with a maximum cruising range of 600 km.