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French DGA Buying Mortar & Artillery Rounds

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CAESAR, firing(click to view larger) Unlike Britain and the USA, France’s economic stimulus package includes military modernization funds. As part of that effort. France’s DGA procurement agency recently announced [in French] 3 ammunition purchases worth EUR 43.9 million (currently $62.3 million). One contract for EUR 7.2 million goes to Diehl’s Defence’s French subsidiary Junghans T2M SAS, for multi-mode fuzes to equip the 155mm shells carried by France’s truck-mounted CAESAR expeditionary self-propelled howitzers. Fuzing options include impact detonation, short post-impact delayed detonation for punching into buildings and strongpoints, time-delay fuzing, and proximity fuzing. They’re paired with a EUR 16.7 million contract to Nexter Munitions for LU 211-IM 155mm MURAT(Munitions A Risques Attenues) shells. The French MURAT standard involves shells whose insensitive explosives are far less likely to become a local safety hazard if they fail to detonate. It is similar to LOVA(LOw Vulnerability Ammunition) standard, and complies with NATO STANAG 4439, as well as the STANAG 4224 safety standard. The LU 211 family is also distinguished by the use of field-fitted bases that can be either hollow-base or extended range base-bleed, as the situation requires. The CAESAR cannon was qualified for these new munitions and fuzes at the beginning of July […]

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