Consolidates Relationship with Czech Industry
The Czech Defence Minister, Lubomir Metnar, signed a contract on 30 September for the acquisition of 52 CAESAR 155mm self-propelled artillery pieces in an 8×8 version. This makes the Czech Republic the third European and seventh global customer for Nexter’s CAESAR, with over 350 units now ordered worldwide.
Nexter is using this contract to cement and consolidate an already strong partnership with the Czech defence industry. The 19 CAESAR 8×8 units ordered by Denmark are mounted on Tatra chassis, and the Czech order for the Nexter TITUS 6×6 was manufactured under licence by the Czechoslovak Group (CSG). For this latest order, Tatra Trucks will again supply the chassis, Excalibur Army will assemble the platforms, Tatra Defence Vehicles will manufacture the armoured cabs and RETIA will integrate communications and artillery fire control systems. Although complex rounds, or ammunition featuring insensitive explosives, will be supplied direct by Nexter, Czech companies STV and Explosia – among others – will supply locally-manufactured conventional shells and modular charges.
The principal platform of the French artillery, CAESAR is designed for direct support and has proven itself in countless operational scenarios. It is particularly suited to high-intensity combat: this version of CAESAR carries 36 ready rounds and can be fully resupplied within three minutes, compared to 10 for its traditional competitors. It also features excellent in and out of battery performance.
Nicolas Chamussy, Nexter Group CEO, highlighted the Czech decision to procure an “innovative, proven artillery system known for its high reliability. Following the TITUS programme launched in 2019, this additional acquisition is a testament to the quality of the partnership between Nexter and the Czech defence industry. Thanks to this new success, Nexter is once again contributing to the consolidation of the European defence industrial base.”
CAESAR has a remarkably fast in and out of battery performance. (Photo: Nexter)