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France steps up support for Ukraine with 155mm artillery

28th April 2022 - 14:15 GMT | by Jean-Marc Tanguy in Paris


Ukrainian long-range fires capabilities will be boosted by the arrival of 155mm Caesar self-propelled artillery pieces. (Photo: Jean-Marc Tanguy)

A dozen Caesar 155mm artillery systems will be delivered to Ukraine after France reverses a previous focus on providing defensive weapons.

Following a period of relatively muted materiel support for Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on 24 February, the French government on 22 April finally decided to raise the tempo by announcing it would deliver heavy weaponry to Kyiv.

In particular, a dozen Caesar 155mm self-propelled artillery systems on a 6x6 chassis will be transferred from French Army stocks, leaving 64 units in place.

France recently decided to order 32 new-generation Caesar 6x6 Mark II systems using a new chassis.

In terms of providing heavy weapons to Ukraine, there was speculation that artillery destined for Morocco could be diverted, but

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Jean-Marc Tanguy


Jean-Marc Tanguy

Jean-Marc Tanguy started its career in journalism on 1991 and focussed quickly on defence matters …

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