Nexter has secured a contract to supply 18 additional Caesar artillery systems to the Indonesian National Armed Forces.
The Caesar is a 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer designed to support rapid deployment forces.
This 52-calibre, self-propelled gun can maintain a firing rate of six to eight rounds a minute in its sustained fire mode, or three rounds in 15 seconds in rapid fire mode.
In addition, the Caesar is fitted with a FAST-Hit computerised fire management system, an Intertechnique ROB4 muzzle velocity radar, and a SAGEM Sigma 30 navigation system and global positioning system (GPS).
It can use a wide range of ammunition against protected and unprotected targets, as well as block the manoeuvres of enemy armoured forces.
Under the contract, Nexter will also provide its firing control system, Caesar simulators for training, and more than 50 artillery battalion auxiliary vehicles assembled in Indonesia by its local partner PT Pindad.
Indonesia had previously ordered 36 Caesar artillery systems in 2012.
The artillery system is currently in service with the armed forces of France, Indonesia, Thailand and a Middle Eastern country.
To date, more than 270 Caesar systems have been produced and they have fired more than 80,000 rounds.
Image: The Caesar is a 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer that can maintain a firing rate of six to eight rounds a minute in sustained fire. Photo: courtesy of Nexter.