What else can be “found” in French stocks
The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to be strengthened by modern models of 155-mm self-propelled artillery – one of the countries that handed over such weapons to Ukraine is France – the Armed Forces already have, most likely, 12 CAESAR ACS in its assets.
At the same time , in an interview with Le Parisien Le Parisien , French Defense Minister Sebastian Lecornu confirmed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be strengthened by six more such ACS.
Thus, the number of CAESAR installations that France transfers to the Armed Forces will increase to 18 – given that the French have only 76 units in their assets. ACS, it turns out that they gave us almost a quarter (23.4%) of their modern artillery systems.
Then it arises – and can France strengthen the Armed Forces with some other, perhaps less modern, but “working” models of artillery? The Polish edition of Defense24 reminds that the French have two more types of 155-mm artillery systems with a “stock” of dozens of units in storage.
We are talking, first, about 155-mm self-propelled artillery AuF.1 – a total of 273 such machines were delivered, 70 of them were upgraded to the AuF.2 version, the range of which, depending on ammunition, can be up to 40 km, rate of fire – up to 10 shots per minute. In total, France currently has 32 such vehicles.
In addition, the 155-mm towed howitzer TRF1 with a maximum range of 30 km is mentioned – a total of 105 such howitzers were delivered, and currently the French have 12 units in service. That is, in addition to SAES SAESAR, France has “in stock” and other samples of artillery that could strengthen the Armed Forces.
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