One of the NATO countries decided to abandon the M109A5 self-propelled guns in favor of the French CAESEAR

But the potential buyer is still being evaluated and looked at

The Spanish Army has decided to purchase French self-propelled artillery CAESEAR, to replace 95 existing tracked self-propelled guns M109A5 of American production. The Spanish were attracted by the better range and higher mobility of the French “Caesar” than its American “colleague”, notes the Polish portal Defence24.


         M109A5 self-propelled guns of the Spanish army during NATO exercises in Latvia, May 2022, photo from open sources
M109A5 self-propelled guns of the Spanish army during NATO exercises in Latvia, May 2022, photo from open sources

So far, Spain’s plans to purchase CAESEAR self-propelled guns remain at the level of ideas. The Spaniards have not yet decided exactly how many “Caesars” they want to purchase, and how exactly they will use these artillery installations.

To find an answer to such questions, a delegation from the Spanish army arrived in France, in the 40th artillery regiment.


         CAESAR self-propelled guns are firing, the photo is illustrative
CAESAR self-propelled guns are firing, the photo is illustrative

It is worth noting that the Spanish army has, let’s say, a rather unusual structure of the artillery park.

For example, the authors of The Military Balance guide for 2021 note that at the end of last year, the Spanish army had as many as 1,571 artillery systems, but of which 1,189 units are 81 mm and 120 mm mortars, 223 105 mm light howitzers , 64 towed howitzers 155 mm SBT 155/52 SIAC, and 95 units of M109A5.


         M109A5 self-propelled guns of the Spanish army during NATO exercises in Latvia, May 2022, photo from open sources
M109A5 self-propelled guns of the Spanish army during NATO exercises in Latvia, May 2022, photo from open sources

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