Land Platforms

Denmark introduces CAESAR 155 mm, Piranha 120 mm indirect fire systems

18 April 2019

The Danish Army indirect fire support capability is being refreshed with the introduction of two new systems: the French Nexter Systems CAESAR 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled (SP) artillery system and the General Dynamics European Land Systems MOWAG Piranha 5 modified to carry the latest generation Cardom 10 120 mm mortar system.

These two programmes are being run by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) and will replace legacy indirect fire assets.

Details of these new systems were provided at a recent Omega Future Indirect Fires and Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, UK, by Major Michael Johnsson of the Danish Army.

A drawing of the Nexter Systems CAESAR 155 mm/52 calibre SP artillery system, based on the Tatra 8×8 platform. (Danish Army)A drawing of the Nexter Systems CAESAR 155 mm/52 calibre SP artillery system, based on the Tatra 8×8 platform. (Danish Army)

The Danish Army’s remaining M109A3 155 mm/39 calibre tracked SP artillery systems are to be replaced by 15 of the latest CAESAR systems, which are based on a Tatra 8×8 chassis for which Denmark is the launch customer.

CAESAR is deployed by France, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand, but all use a 6×6 platform (with 18 155 mm projectiles and associated charges carried). The Tatra 8×8 has improved cross-country mobility, a fully protected four-person forward control cab, carries a total of 36 projectiles and charges, and is fitted with a semi-automatic ammunition handling system.

Nexter Systems is also marketing a fully automated ammunition handling system for CAESAR, in which case ammunition capacity is reduced to 30 projectiles and associated charges.

The 155 mm/52 calibre ordnance is fitted with a muzzle brake and meets the NATO Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU). It can use older bag-type charges or a Modular Charge Systems (MCS) with six modules used to give a range of about 40 km, depending on the type of projectile. In addition to the deployed high-explosive (HE), smoke, and illuminating projectiles, it is expected that a precision munition will be acquired, such as the 155 m Excalibur.

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