Estonia to Get First CAESAR Howitzers Delivery in 2024

Estonia to Get First CAESAR Howitzers Delivery in 2024

Estonia is set to significantly enhance its military capabilities with the upcoming delivery of CAESAR self-propelled howitzers. Defence Minister Hanno Pevkur has confirmed that the Estonian Land Forces will receive the first batch of six CAESAR units in 2024, marking a crucial milestone in the country’s defense modernization efforts.

Key Points

  • Estonia ordered 12 French-made CAESAR Mk1 howitzers on June 19, 2024
  • First delivery of 6 units expected in 2024, with 6 more in 2025
  • Option for additional units included in the agreement
  • Howitzers to be integrated into a new artillery battalion

The procurement, managed by the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) in collaboration with the French defence procurement agency (DGA), underscores Estonia’s commitment to strengthening its artillery capabilities. Manufactured by KNDS France, the CAESAR (Camion Équipé d’un Système d’Artillerie) is renowned for its mobility and precision.

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CAESAR Specifications

  • 155 mm, 52-caliber self-propelled howitzer
  • Mounted on a 6×6 or 8×8 truck chassis
  • Range: Over 40 km with standard ammunition, 55+ km with specialized rounds
  • Features autonomous weapon network with inertial navigation and ballistic computer

The CAESAR system’s versatility and advanced technology make it an ideal choice for Estonia’s defense needs. Its ability to quickly deploy, fire, and relocate enhances the Estonian Defence Forces’ tactical flexibility and responsiveness.

This acquisition aligns with broader trends in European defense, as nations seek to modernize their artillery capabilities in response to evolving security challenges. The CAESAR has gained international recognition, with several countries adopting or showing interest in the system.

Looking ahead, the French government has already contracted Nexter Systems to develop the next-generation CAESAR Mark II (CAESAR NG). This demonstrates the platform’s ongoing evolution and long-term viability.

As Estonia prepares to receive its first CAESAR units, this acquisition represents a significant step in enhancing the country’s defense posture and interoperability with NATO allies. The introduction of these advanced howitzers will undoubtedly play a crucial role in Estonia’s future military strategy and capabilities.

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