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Subject: CAESAR 155mm
sandbagger    5/21/2004 11:46:53 AM
A question for you artillery experts; what do you think of the CAESAR truck-mounted 155mm? Strengths, weaknesses?
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B.Smitty    RE:CAESAR 155mm   5/21/2004 2:07:15 PM
Well, it's mounted on a truck, so no helo-lifiting. Also, if the truck breaks down, you're SOL. It's cabin is protected vs. 5.56mm but undoubtably the crew is exposed when firing. OTOH, it has the in- and out-of-action times of a modern SP gun and good range. It really all depends on how you want to use it.
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Mark F    RE:CAESAR 155mm   5/21/2004 8:27:41 PM
The deficiencies are obvious - lack of protection, inability to fire at low angles, limited on-board ammunition etc. That big piece is reportedly also very hard on the chassis carrying it. OTOH it does offer good tactical mobility and dramatically reduced cost over something like say, PZH2000 - but one could argue that such comparisons are meaningless since the two systems have different roles. Really Ceasar is a replacement for conventional towed artillery, allowing quicker in-and-out of action times and mobility to suit modern requirements. It doesn't replace traditional tracked and armoured SP artillery, nor does it replace airborne or airmobile artillery.
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PuckaMan    RE:CAESAR 155mm   5/23/2004 7:56:35 PM
Its main strengths are its price for capability. It is almost as mobile as a tracked system,and has the same range and destructive capbilities (I belive it's 52 cal) and a much lower price than its tracked contemporaries. I think it is almost ideal for countries like Australia. As part of a combined arms force, it is hightly valuable. Pucka
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