The Royal Moroccan Military has taken supply of its first batch of 36 Caesar self-propelled howitzers from French producer Nexter Methods. In accordance with the Royal Moroccan Military, the acquisition is a part of the nation’s ongoing army modernization. The cargo is a part of a 2020 settlement, price €170 million and its ammunition for an extra €30 million. The Royal Moroccan Military requested Nexter to supply artillery methods that could possibly be mounted on military-grade vehicles for improved vary and mobility. Models manufactured for the Royal Moroccan Military use a 6×6 Renault Sherpa 5 chassis manufactured by the French firm ARQUUS. The CAESAR self-propelled howitzers are additionally outfitted with parts wanted to satisfy Morocco’s speedy deployment pressure hearth help necessities.

The CAESAR or CAmion Équipé d’un Système d’ARtillerie (English: Truck outfitted with an artillery system) is a French 155 mm, 52-calibre self-propelled howitzer put in on a 6×6 or 8×8 truck chassis that may hearth all 39/52 caliber NATO-standard shells. Outfitted with an autonomous weapon community incorporating an inertial navigation system and ballistic pc, the CAESAR can notably precisely strike targets greater than 40 kilometres (25 mi) away utilizing ERFB (Prolonged Vary, Full Bore) ammunition with base bleed, or targets over 55 kilometres (34 mi) away utilizing rocket assisted or good ammunition. The CAESAR platform has been exported to varied international locations together with Belgium, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Ukraine.


Caesar 155 mm, 52-calibre self-propelled howitzer. (Picture by Nexter)

The CAESAR is a wheeled, 155mm 52-caliber self-propelled howitzer. It holds 18 rounds and is usually operated by a crew of 5, although if mandatory the CAESAR could be operated by a crew as few as three. It may be transported by a C-130 or A400M heavy cargo plane. It has a firing vary of roughly 42 kilometres (26 mi) utilizing an Prolonged Vary, Full Bore (ERFB) shell, and greater than 50 kilometres (31 mi) utilizing rocket assisted shells. The system is built-in with a totally computerized system, offering automated management. Throughout Eurosatory 2006, CAESAR was exhibited with an automatic laying system based mostly on the SIGMA 30 inertial navigation system. It’s quick to arrange for firing and to depart the firing place; it will possibly hearth six rounds and transfer away inside two minutes.

On 16 September 2015 at DSEI 2015, Nexter unveiled the CAESAR 8×8 which includes a excessive degree of mobility ensured by a modified Tatra T-815 8×8 chassis. The 8×8 CAESAR is fitted as normal with an unarmoured ahead management four-person cab, however one of many choices is a totally armour protected cab. Gross automobile weight would rely on the extent of armour safety, however is about 30 tonnes. In February 2022, Nexter was awarded a contract by the French Route générale de l’armement (DGA) for the event of the CAESAR 6×6 Mark II new era (NG) artillery system. The Mark II includes a new chassis with a extra highly effective 460 hp engine and new automated gearbox, new hearth management software program, and a Stage 2 mine and ballistic armored cabin elevating the automobile’s weight to 25 tonnes (27.56 tons).