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Indonesia signs contract for 18 additional CAESAR artillery systems

20 February 2017

French defence company Nexter has signed a contract to supply 18 additional CAESAR 155 mm/52-calibre self-propelled artillery systems to the Indonesian National Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - TNI), the company said in a 20 February press release.A French Army Nexter Systems CAESAR artillery system in service with the 40th Artillery Regiment. Nexter signed a contract on 20 February to supply a further 18 CAESAR systems to the Indonesian military. (IHS Markit/Christopher F Foss)A French Army Nexter Systems CAESAR artillery system in service with the 40th Artillery Regiment. Nexter signed a contract on 20 February to supply a further 18 CAESAR systems to the Indonesian military. (IHS Markit/Christopher F Foss)

The move follows a 2012 contract for the supply of an initial 36 CAESAR systems to update the Indonesian Army's conventional artillery capabilities.

Jane's reported in November 2016 that a total of 37 CAESARs have been delivered to the TNI. The wheeled self-propelled howitzers, which are based on a Renault Trucks Defense Sherpa (6x6) cross-country chassis, are currently deployed with two TNI regiments, each of which has 18 systems, plus an additional one for training.

In addition to the artillery systems, Nexter will provide the TNI with its FINDART fire-control system, CAESAR simulators for training, and over 50 artillery battalion auxiliary vehicles assembled in Indonesia by its local partner PT Pindad.

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