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Denmark orders four more CAESAR 8x8 artillery systems

7th November 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Danish Army will acquire an additional four CAESAR 155mm wheeled self-propelled artillery systems from French supplier Nexter Systems, the country's ministry of defence confirmed on 5 November.

Denmark's Material and Purchasing Authority has officially signed the agreement, taking the total amount of systems to be procured by the Royal Danish Army's 1st Artillery Division to 19. 

The country's MoD had previously signed a contract with Nexter Systems in 2017 for 15 examples.

The CAESAR artillery pieces being procured by Denmark differ from other CAESAR systems, with the 155mm/52 cal gun mounted on a Czech-made 8x8 Tatra chassis rather than a 6x6

As part of its acceptance into service, the truck's cab has been subjected to blast testing in Germany, according to the MoD, which included ‘two different types of blasts’.

These tests damaged the wheels and suspension, but the test dummies inside ‘survived’.

Firing trials have also taken place in Sweden using the first two examples, which have now been returned to France to prepare for additional testing and training that will take place next spring in Oksbøl.

The Royal Danish Army is expected to take delivery of the first CAESAR 8x8 next summer, with the four additional units planned for 2023.

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