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France Plans To Increase Ukrainian Artillery Capabilities with 78 CAESAR Howitzers in 2024.

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Recently, the French Ministry of Defense announced a plan to supply the Ukrainian army with 78 CAESAR 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers in 2024, addressing the urgent artillery needs of Ukraine. This move signifies France's robust support for Ukraine amidst its ongoing conflict and showcases the collaborative effort of Ukraine's allies in bolstering its defense capabilities.
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Ukrainian army soldiers use a French CAESAR 155m self-propelled howitzer in the Donbas region. (Picture source RFE Video screen shot)

French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu revealed that a total of 78 CAESAR howitzers are earmarked for delivery to Ukraine in the upcoming year. This allocation includes six units directly purchased by Ukraine, which are expected to be delivered promptly. In a gesture of direct support, France is financing an additional 12 units for €50 million, demonstrating not only financial investment but also a commitment to Ukraine's military resilience.

Furthermore, the solidarity among Ukraine's allies is notably evident, as 60 of the howitzers will be funded by them. This collective effort signifies a robust international backing for Ukraine, aiming to enhance its artillery systems urgently needed amid the conflict.

The CAESAR howitzer is renowned for its mobility, range, and firepower, making it a critical asset for modern artillery operations. Its deployment to the Ukrainian army is expected to significantly enhance the country's defensive and operational capabilities on the battlefield.

This initiative by France and its allies reflects a broader pattern of international support for Ukraine, as countries around the world contribute various forms of assistance to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The delivery of the CAESAR howitzers in 2024 will mark a significant enhancement of Ukraine's military capabilities, potentially altering the dynamics on the ground and contributing to the country's long-term defense strategy.

In the wake of the Russian invasion, France has stepped up as a key military supporter for Ukraine, previously providing 30 CAESAR 155mm howitzers from its own military stocks. This contribution has played a pivotal role on the battlefield, with the CAESAR system proving to be exceptionally effective in enhancing Ukraine's artillery capabilities. Feedback from the front lines indicates that these howitzers have significantly bolstered Ukraine's defensive and offensive operations, delivering precise firepower over long distances. Their mobility allows for rapid redeployment, a critical factor in the fluid dynamics of modern warfare, making them an invaluable asset in Ukraine's arsenal.

The CAESAR 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer stands out for its remarkable blend of firepower, mobility, and versatility. Designed and manufactured in France, it is capable of hitting targets up to 40 kilometers away with remarkable accuracy. Mounted on a 6x6 or 8x8 truck chassis, the CAESAR offers a unique combination of tactical mobility and strategic flexibility, allowing forces to quickly reposition and sustain operations in diverse combat environments. Its operational success in Ukraine underscores the system's adaptability and effectiveness, reinforcing its reputation as one of the most advanced artillery systems in use today.

The recent announcement by the French Ministry of Defense to further supply Ukraine with 78 CAESAR howitzers in 2024 underscores a continued commitment to supporting Ukraine’s defense. This move not only strengthens France's role as a key military ally but also reflects the collective resolve of Ukraine's allies to ensure the country has the necessary means to defend itself and maintain its sovereignty. The strategic deployment of these advanced artillery systems is set to further enhance Ukraine's combat capabilities, contributing significantly to its ongoing defense efforts.

Defense News February 2024

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