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Eurosatory 2022: Lithuania aims to order Caesar

13th June 2022 - 11:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Caesar 8x8 SPH on a Tatra chassis. (Photo: Nexter)

The Lithuanian defence minister intends to sign ‘the first letter of intent’ this week to acquire 18 Caesar 155mm self-propelled howitzers.

Lithuania aims to order 18 French 155mm Caesar Mark II  wheeled self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) to supplement the same number of recently modernised 155mm PzH 2000s already in service with its armed forces.

Arvydas Anušauskas, the Lithuanian Minister of National Defence, announced on 12 June that he will be meeting his newly appointed French counterpart Sébastien Lecornu in Paris this week to ‘discuss the strengthening of Armed Forces capabilities’.

Anušauskas added in a statement on social media: ‘I will also sign the first letter of intent on purchasing French 155mm howitzers “Caesar”.’

Two configurations of Caesar are available from manufacturer Nexter: Shephard Defence Insight estimates a unit price of $6 million for the 6x6 configuration and $6.78 million for the variant on an 8x8 chassis.

This article was updated on 16 June with the number of Caesar Mark II systems to be acquired by Lithuania.

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