The Royal Moroccan Army has taken delivery of its first batch of 36 Caesar artillery weapons from the French manufacturer Nexter Systems.
The dispatch is part of a 2020 deal for self-propelled guns and ammunition worth 200 million euros ($199 million).
The military has asked Nexter to produce artillery systems that can be mounted on military-grade trucks for improved range and mobility.
The weapons are also equipped with the necessary components to meet the fire support needs of Morocco’s rapid deployment force.
According to the Royal Moroccan Army, this acquisition is part of the ongoing military modernization of the country.
“This type of mobile system with rapid start-up will considerably strengthen the firepower of the Royal Moroccan Artillery, thus providing effective support on the ground to the various infantry and mechanized brigades among others”, specifies the service.
Caesar artillery system
The Caesar artillery system is a 52 caliber 155 millimeter weapon capable of firing six to eight rounds per minute.
A unit of eight Caesar self-propelled artillery systems can fire over a ton of projectiles per minute.
Artillery has a maximum range of 40 kilometers (25 miles).
The 6×6 vehicles included with Caesars have cabins that can protect a six-man crew from shell fragments and small-arms fire.
They are also equipped with instruments for navigation, sighting, ballistic calculations and command aids.
The Caesar artillery system is currently in service with several countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and France.