Denmark’s Defence Ministry published a video of Ukrainian military exercises on Caesar howitzers. The artillery systems will be delivered to Ukraine in July.
Earlier, Denmark promised to hand over 19 French-made Caesar self-propelled artillery systems to Ukraine.
“They got down to business, training 12 hours a day for 2.5 months. … Everyone has done a good job, and I am proud of the help and support provided by the Armed Forces and all those involved in Ukraine’s defence struggle”General Flemming Lentfer, Chief of Defence Staff of Denmark
“Our first impression was that these were battle-weary young men who came to Denmark because they had been drafted directly from the front to Denmark. But they were very curious and incredibly motivated to learn and very, very ready for the training in Denmark on the Caesar pamphlets,” says the Head of the 1st Artillery Division, Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Riishøj, who was in charge of the training programme.
CAESAR is a French 52-caliber self-propelled howitzer that uses NATO-standard 155 mm shells. The French-made howitzer has an ammunition capacity of 18 rounds; it can fire 6 rounds per minute.
CAESAR can accurately strike targets at 40 kilometres with standard shells and 55 kilometres when using smart ammunition.
Denmark approved a €2.95 billion military aid package for Ukraine for 2023-2028. Denmark also joined the “fighter jet coalition” and expressed readiness to hand over to Ukraine its F16 jets.
“Throughout the war, Denmark has been an active supporter of Ukraine, and our donations have made a big difference in the words of the Ukrainians themselves. So far, Denmark has supported Ukraine militarily for approximately DKK 6.2bn. With the newly established Ukraine Fund, we intend to maintain a high level of support for Ukraine. This will make a real and tangible difference for the Ukrainians.”Troels Lund Poulsen, Acting Minister of Defence of Denmark