French CAESAR 6x6 155mm howitzers are now on combat duty with Ukrainian army
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According to pictures published on the Twitter account of Status-6 on May 24, 2022, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has confirmed the deployment of French-made CAESAR wheeled self-propelled howitzers for combat operations on the national territory.
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The French CAESAR 6x6 155mm wheeled is now on combat duty with the Ukrainian armed forces. (Picture source Twitter Status-6)
On April 22, 2021, Army Recognition reported that France had taken the decision to deliver 12 state-of-the-art artillery systems called CAESAR, 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine.
According to our sources, the CAESAR howitzers delivered to Ukraine's armed forces come for the military inventory of the French army. During the month of April 2022, 40 Ukrainian soldiers were trained in France in order to be able to operate the CAESAR howitzer.
The CAESAR is one of the most modern 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers in the world and it has already been deployed for combat operations in Afghanistan, Mali, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, the Sahel region, the Middle East, and East Asia. The CAESAR has served under severe real conditions of engagement (wind, dust, night, snow, the mountain in winter, jungle, deserts of sand and rocks, during extreme temperature, etc.) and showed its great combat capabilities as an artillery support weapon.
The CAESAR is manufactured by the French comùpany Nexter. It is armed with 155mm/52 caliber cannon which can be mounted at the rear of a 6x6 or 8x8 military truck chassis. The CAESAR delivered to Ukraine is based on a 6x6 truck manufactured by the French company ARQUUS.
The 155mm caliber gun of the CAESAR is able to fire a wide range of 155mm ammunition such as 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. In direct firing mode, the maximum range is 2 km.