Demonstration of strength for Nexter’s Artillery
The Nexter Group has demonstrated to more than eighty people from 18 countries its know-how and performance in ground-to-ground artillery for calibres 105 and 155mm. Acquired by the French, Danish, Indonesian and Thai armies, as well as a Middle Eastern country, and currently present in several theatres of operations, notably in Iraq within the Wagram Task Force, the 155mm self-propelled artillery system Caesar has been presented on 6x6 and 8x8 chassis. The Caesar appears today as the ‘best compromise’ between the simplicity of a towed artillery and the mobility of a self-propelled system.
Such demonstrations included the opportunity to present for the first time the latest version of Caesar 8x8 chassis automatic shell loading system. This device ensures constant and sustained firing rates, whatever the environmental conditions. A Caesar battery pack on a “full automatic” 8x8 chassis by a crew created for the event allowed to highlight the simplicity of use of this weapon system, and to enhance its survival capabilities against counter-battery rounds: the time between the arrival at the shooting point and the start, after delivering a six-round salvo, amounted to less than three minutes. Presentation of the 105 LG1, a 105mm towed artillery system, highlighted this demonstration. Deployable by light vehicle, helicopter, or even parachute, the 105 LG1 is the world’s lightest 105mm assault artillery piece, providing fire support to rapid reaction forces. The 105 LG1 is now in service with the Singapore, Thai, Indonesian, Belgian, Canadian and Colombian armed forces.