Lithuanian Ministry Of National Defence Procures Caesar Mk II Self-propelled Howitzers
The Ministry of Nationwide Defence plans becoming a member of the the CAESAR 6×6 Mark II new technology (NG) system growth program of the Common Directorate for Armament of France, in addition to procurement of 18 items of the brand new technology self-propelled wheeled 155mm howitzers to additional strengthen the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Lithuania joined the Caesar Mk II program with an order for 18 models, with deliveries anticipated in 2026. The corresponding Declaration of Intent was signed by Minister of Nationwide Defence Arvydas Anušauskas and Minister for the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu in Paris on June 13.
“The acquisition of the French Caesar Mark II new technology artillery methods would be the largest challenge the Lithuanian Armed Forces has ever had with France. It would considerably enhance defensive capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The battle in opposition to Ukraine has made it apparent that oblique hearth functionality is important and subsequently it is important for us to offer it for the Lithuanian Armed Forces. We can not afford to attend till the following battle,” Minister of Nationwide Defence Arvydas Anušauskas mentioned.
The brand new artillery methods will likely be devoted to Brig Gen Motiejus Pe?iulionis Artillery Battalion. The gear will change the 105 mm towed howitzers in service with the Griffin Brigade that are out of date when it comes to mobility and firepower necessities in trendy warfare. The Ministry of Nationwide Defence foresees appropriation of approx. EUR 110–150 million for your complete Caesar Mark II procurement challenge. The Caesar Mark II growth programme is anticipated to be signed earlier than July 30, there’s a parallel contract drafted with the French ammunition and weaponry methods producer NEXTER as effectively.
The CAESAR (CAmion Équipé d’un Système d’ARtillerie) is a French self-propelled 155 mm/52-calibre gun-howitzer firing NATO-standard artillery shells as much as 42 km (26 mi) when Prolonged Vary, Full Bore (ERFB) or over 50 km (31 mi) when rocket assisted, put in on a 6×6 or 8×8 truck chassis. the CAESAR 6×6 Mark II contains a new chassis with a extra highly effective 460 hp engine and new computerized gearbox, new hearth management software program, and a Stage 2 mine and ballistic armored cabin. The CAESAR was developed by Nexter and is operated by the Danish, French, Indonesian, Lebanese, Saudi Arabian, Thai, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Morocco and Ukrainian navy forces.
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