Morocco reinforces artillery capabilities with Caesar howitzers
Morocco has received the first batch of its order of 36 Caesar howitzers as part of a push to modernize all segments of its air, sea and land forces, local media reports.
The new procurement will deepen the gap between Morocco and its Algerian rival further reinforcing the capabilities of the Moroccan artillery.
The French howitzers have first been spotted in a military convoy in Morocco last month, according to FAR Maroc, a magazine of the Royal Armed Forces.
The deal was made in January 2020, according to French media which said the sale amounted to €230 million.
The 6×6 wheeled self-propelled howitzer CAESAR is armed with a 155 mm/52 caliber cannon mounted at the rear of the truck chassis.
It will constitute a qualitative addition to the fire support of the mobile infantry and rapid intervention teams, for its easy deployment and high maneuverability.
With a range of 4.5 to 40 km, CAESAR can fire a wide range of ammunition: among others, LU family (HE, Illuminating, Smoke and Practice) filled with insensitive or conventional explosives, the BONUS (Anti-Tank, smart), ERFB NR (Explosive Extended-Range Full-Bore), as well as the new KATANA 155mm, guided artillery ammunition.