Indonesian Army 1st Field Artillery Regiment CAESAR Self-Propelled Howitzers
Indonesian Army 1st Field Artillery Regiment CAESAR Self-Propelled Howitzers

PT Len and Nexter System Sign CAESAR Fleet In-Service Support Maintenance Agreement

At Eurosatory 2022, Indonesian C4ISR equipment manufacturer PT Len Industri (Persero) and French government-owned weapons manufacturer Nexter System are pleased to announce the signature of a multiannual In-Service Support (ISS) contract for the CAESAR self-propelled howitzer (SPH) fleet in service within the Indonesian Army. This ISS features a comprehensive package of services, including on-site technical assistance, delivery of spare parts and training to ensure the highest readiness of the CAESAR fleet for the benefit of the Indonesian Army.

PT Len Industri (Persero) declared: “We are pleased to collaborate with Nexter, a world class trusted company, for this long-term partnership. It is an important step to strengthen Len’s position in defence industry. We are both ready to maintain the CAESAR artillery system in order to deliver an excellent service to the Indonesian army.”

Jean-Michel GIRARD, Vice-President of the customer services business unit declared:”We are very proud to initiate a fruitful collaboration with PT Len for the maintenance of the CAESAR fleet. This is a first step in Nexter’s ambition to develop local support and provide best possible services to the Indonesian Army.”

Indonesian Army 1st Field Artillery Regiment CAESAR Self-Propelled Howitzers (Photo by Dispenad/TNI AD)

The CAESAR (CAmion Équipé d’un Système d’ARtillerie) is a French self-propelled 155 mm, 52-calibre, howitzer installed on a 6×6 or 8×8 truck chassis. It is capable of firing all 39/52 caliber NATO-standard shells. Equipped with an autonomous weapon network incorporating an inertial navigation system and a ballistic computer, the CAESAR can notably accurately strike targets more than 40 kilometres (25 mi) away using Base Bleed ERFB ammunition or targets over 55 kilometres (34 mi) away using rocket assisted or smart ammunition. The CAESAR has been exported to various countries including Belgium, Denmark, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia Thailand, Ukraine

The Indonesian Army acquired 37 CAESAR self-propelled howitzers for $240 million, the first two arriving in mid September 2012. Another 18 self-propelled howitzers were purchased in a follow-up order signed in February 2017. Nexter will provided its FINDART firing control system, under the Indonesian order, as well as supply the country with CAESAR simulators for training. More than 50 artillery battalion auxiliary vehicles will be assembled in Indonesia by Nexter partner PT Pindad. Units manufactured for the Indonesian Army use a 6×6 Renault Sherpa 5 chassis.