Arquus is providing a new and reinforced chassis for the new generation CAESAR 6×6 artillery system (Camion équipé d’un système d’artillerie). As with the basic version, Nexter (being the prime contractor) has awarded the subcontract for the SP howitzer’s mobility base to Arquus, the company writes in a press release.
Arquus will supply a rolling chassis with all drive (including engine, transmission, wheels) and control elements. According to Arquus, the characteristics of the new chassis are the 340 kW diesel engine, which is more than twice as powerful as its predecessor, and the increased load capacity, which allows it to be equipped with a protected cabin and carry more ammunition. This results in better tactical mobility and enhanced protection.
Even with the new chassis, the compact dimensions of the weapon system remain unchanged, requiring little preparation for strategic transport, such as in an A400M. 109 CAESAR Mk IIs are to be delivered to the French Army by 2031.
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