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.
Inertial / GPS navigation system
Muzzle velocity radar
Hydraulic laying equipment