All Hail Caesar! Saudis Welcome 155mm Artillery System

Those of you in the defense biz will know this is old news, but our good friends the Saudis recently purchased 76 French Caesar truck-mounted 155mm artillery systems. Strategypage.com reports that our allies have taken delivery of the first four. Four what, you ask? “Caesar uses a 52 caliber 155mm howitzer mounted on the back of a 6×6 ten ton truck. While it is self-propelled, it only has light armor in the driver/crew cab up front. Caesar only weighs 18 tons and will fit into a C-130 transport, something that traditional tracked self-propelled artillery cannot do. Caesar’s long barrel enables it to fire shells up to 42 kilometers. With on-board GPS, it can be ready to fire in minutes. The truck carries the crew of six in an air-conditioned compartment. A 12.7mm machine-gun can be mounted, in a ring turret, on top of the cab.” So now you know. Military fetishists can check the specs after the jump, courtesy army-technology.com.

Key Data:

Crew
6 including driver
Dimensions:
Length
10m
Width
2.5m
Height (Travelling)
3.26m
Weights:
Weight in Combat Order
18.5t
Weight in Air Transport Configuration
16.2t
Performance:
Chassis
Daimler Benz Unimog 6×6 / Sherpa 5 6×6
Vehicle Range (Unrefuelled)
600km
Air Transportability
Air transportable by C-130
Sea Transportability
Sea transportable with no preparation
Maximum Road Speed
Over 100km/h
Typical Track Speed
50km/h
Systems:
Equipment
Ballistic computer
Inertial / GPS navigation system
Muzzle velocity radar
Hydraulic laying equipment
Radio communications
Armament:
Firing Rate
3 rounds in 15 seconds, 6 rounds in 1 minute
Target Range with ERFB-BB Ammunition
42km
Ordnance
155mm / 52 calibre
Elevation
+66°
Traverse
30° (15° to the left or right)
Setting Time Into and Out of Action
Less than 1 minute
Loading
Semi-automatic
Ready-to-Fire Ammunition
18 complete rounds
Price:
$5.5 million each (must have end user certificate)

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