Paris. 21 June 2022. Infovalued collaborative combat is characterized by the immediacy of information exchanges allowing shared knowledge of the battlefield. This operational agility thus reinforces the responsiveness and precision of fire support resources.

Among these fire support resources, the Ministry of the Armed Forces is presenting on its stand the truck equipped with an artillery system (Caesar). This 155mm self-propelled gun is today the major weapon of French artillery regiments. Easily projectable, their range is around 40 km with a capacity to fire six rounds in one minute. “The Caesar causes several effects: neutralization, destruction and blinding. Our role is to facilitate the joint maneuver. Integrated into the combined arms tactical group (GTIA), the Caesar obtains intelligence thanks to drones, tethered balloons and helicopters. So we can all coordinate with the ATLAS weapon system (automation of fire and ground-to-ground artillery links), explains Major Jean-Marie, officer Caesar. These trucks equipped with an artillery system are air transportable in C130 and A400M, in addition to having great tactical and strategic mobility. But by 2031, the Caesar will develop into an MK II version. “It will benefit from increased protection and a more mobile gun,” assures Commander Jean-Marie. The maneuvers must always be supported. The greatest added value of fire support is to have artillery always present. »

A bubble of protection

Artillery that can also be found on the ground-to-air medium-range/terrestrial system (SAMP/T). The latter serves as a protection bubble for the forces in external operations and plays an essential role in safeguarding the territory. “The SAMP/T is capable of intercepting aircraft at a distance of 100 km. It is an important element of collaborative combat since it is able to communicate with the command post and Rafales for example , ”says Sergeant Tess, ground/air defense operator. Air-transportable in the A400M, it is currently deployed in Romania.