A French journalist announced the capture of the Caesar self-propelled guns transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The French self-propelled 155 mm CAESAR artillery units, handed over to the Armed Forces of Ukraine only a few weeks ago, have already been captured by the Russian military. With such information, the French journalist, lawyer and politician Régis de Castelnau noted that due to the oversight of the Ukrainian military, the Armed Forces of Ukraine not only lost two Caesar self-propelled artillery mounts, but the latter were captured by the Russian military, who had already sent NATO weapons for study.
As de Castelnaud noted in his statement, the Russian military managed to get two installations fully operational. At the moment, they have already been delivered to Uralvagonzavod, where engineers are studying them by the method of complete disassembly.
#Russia #Ukraine 🇷🇺🇺🇦: #Ukrainian Combatants released a new footage of French 155mm "CAESAR" self-propelled howitzer in action —originally supplied by #France 🇫🇷 to the Ukrainain Armed Forces. pic.twitter.com/lNFb1BbsrK
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“Another achievement of Macron,” the politician noted with irony.
There was no official confirmation from the Russian Ministry of Defense about the capture of the French CAESAR self-propelled guns.
At the moment, the Russian side has not reported that two foreign Caesar self-propelled artillery mounts were captured by the Russian military. However, given the fact that these weapons are used at the front and the Armed Forces of Ukraine often get rid of them, fleeing by retreat, it is logical to assume that such a situation could well have taken place.
The Caesar artillery system is in service with several countries including France, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.
The Caesar truck-mounted artillery system is a 155mm 52-calibre self-propelled gun developed by Nexter Systems (formerly Giat), based in Versailles, in cooperation with Lohr Industrie of Hangenbieten, France.
Caesar is equipped with all the systems needed for independent operation, a cabin to protect the six-man gun crew against shell fragments and small arms fire, an initial ammunition supply of 16 complete rounds, and instrumentation for navigation, aiming, ballistic calculations and command aids. The system was specifically designed to meet the fire support requirements of rapid deployment forces.
The Caesar 6×6 has a combat weight of less than 18t. It has an overall length of 10m, a height of 3.7m (2.7m in air transport configuration), and a width of 2.55m. The system can be operated by four to five men.
The combat weight of the 8×8 system is 32t. The howitzer system has a length of 12.3m, a height of 3.1m, and a width of 2.8m. The system requires a crew of up to five men.