The Russian-Ukrainian conflict staged "borrowing arrows from straw boats"? Russian arms maker hints at seizure of French "Caesar" self-propelled howitzer


2022-06-25: [Chinese Article Link During the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the United States and Western countries continued to channel military assistance to Ukraine, with little success, and the Ukrainian side even repeatedly stated that its weapons and ammunition were almost depleted and urgently needed Western assistance. According to a report by “Today Russia” (RT) on 23 June local time, Uralvagonzavod, a well-known Russian weapons manufacturer, shouted to French President Macron on the same day in the social media that France should deliver more “Keysa” self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine and mocked “so that Russia could seize more Caesar's howitzers”. In addition, the Ural Motor Vehicle Factory joked that, after studying French weapons, they were found to be of a “general” quality and not as sophisticated as those produced by Russian factories. This version of the plant indirectly responds to earlier rumours about the capture by the Russian side of the Caesar howitzer, but no official confirmation has yet been received. Screenshot of RT coverage In recent days, France has reportedly provided support to Ukraine in several 155-mm vehicles carrying “Keysa” self-propelled howitzers against the Russian army. However, the French political review family, Regis de Castelnu, in a tweet dated 20, claimed that two of the “Caysa” self-propelled howitzers had been seized and shipped to Russia, and that the other party might have undertaken “reverse engineering” (the process of disassembly and study of the physical parts). Image from Twitter On 23 November, the Russian Ural Motors Factory issued a statement that appears to have indirectly confirmed or at least responded to this quotation from Casteno. The Ural Motors Factory wrote on social media: "Please express our gratitude to President Macron for the good self-propelled howitzer. At the same time, the factory joked to add that French weapons are “normal” and not as sophisticated as the products of Russian factories, but they can still find ways to use these foreign weapons: “We will dismantle them and bring us more. The Ural Motor Vehicle Factory, a company owned by the Russian National Technical Group, produces a variety of tanks and self-propelled artillery for the Russian army. RT notes, however, that although this statement by the Ural Motor Vehicle Factory refers to Macron, no evidence has been provided to support this assertion, and there is no official confirmation as to whether the French “Kesar” self-propelled howitzer has actually fallen into the hands of the Russian side. As reported previously by Agence France Presse, on 16 June, French President Macron indicated that six additional “Keysa” self-propelled howitzers would be supplied to Ukraine, raising the total number of guns supplied to the U.S. to 18, which also accounted for nearly a quarter of France's stock of guns. Information diagram: French company Nexter designed and built "Caysa" self-propelled howitzers from Twitter “Caysa” is a 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer designed and manufactured by the French company Nexter, with a maximum range of 40 km and a maximum firing speed of 6 rounds/minute, capable of launching high-explosive munitions, illumination flares, end-sensitive rounds and guided shells, with a high precision strike capability. Since 2008, the “Caysa” self-propelled artillery has been heavily equipped with French troops and, owing to its advanced performance, it has also been exported to countries such as Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Thailand and Indonesia, with a total production of more than 300 units. After the outbreak of the Russian-Ukraine conflict, despite the constant solidarity of the United States and Western countries with Ukraine, RT noted that the Western Powers had been reluctant to support Ukraine with their own more sophisticated weapons because they feared that Russia might seize them and operate “reverse engineering”.


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The Russian-Ukrainian conflict staged "borrowing arrows from straw boats"? Russian arms maker hints at seizure of French "Caesar" self-propelled howitzer


2022-06-25: [Article Link During the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the United States and Western countries continued to channel military assistance to Ukraine, with little success, and the Ukrainian side even repeatedly stated that its weapons and ammunition were almost depleted and urgently needed Western assistance. According to a report by “Today Russia” (RT) on 23 June local time, Uralvagonzavod, a well-known Russian weapons manufacturer, shouted to French President Macron on the same day in the social media that France should deliver more “Keysa” self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine and mocked “so that Russia could seize more Caesar's howitzers”. In addition, the Ural Motor Vehicle Factory joked that, after studying French weapons, they were found to be of a “general” quality and not as sophisticated as those produced by Russian factories. This version of the plant indirectly responds to earlier rumours about the capture by the Russian side of the Caesar howitzer, but no official confirmation has yet been received. Screenshot of RT coverage In recent days, France has reportedly provided support to Ukraine in several 155-mm vehicles carrying “Keysa” self-propelled howitzers against the Russian army. However, the French political review family, Regis de Castelnu, in a tweet dated 20, claimed that two of the “Caysa” self-propelled howitzers had been seized and shipped to Russia, and that the other party might have undertaken “reverse engineering” (the process of disassembly and study of the physical parts). Image from Twitter On 23 November, the Russian Ural Motors Factory issued a statement that appears to have indirectly confirmed or at least responded to this quotation from Casteno. The Ural Motors Factory wrote on social media: "Please express our gratitude to President Macron for the good self-propelled howitzer. At the same time, the factory joked to add that French weapons are “normal” and not as sophisticated as the products of Russian factories, but they can still find ways to use these foreign weapons: “We will dismantle them and bring us more. The Ural Motor Vehicle Factory, a company owned by the Russian National Technical Group, produces a variety of tanks and self-propelled artillery for the Russian army. RT notes, however, that although this statement by the Ural Motor Vehicle Factory refers to Macron, no evidence has been provided to support this assertion, and there is no official confirmation as to whether the French “Kesar” self-propelled howitzer has actually fallen into the hands of the Russian side. As reported previously by Agence France Presse, on 16 June, French President Macron indicated that six additional “Keysa” self-propelled howitzers would be supplied to Ukraine, raising the total number of guns supplied to the U.S. to 18, which also accounted for nearly a quarter of France's stock of guns. Information diagram: French company Nexter designed and built "Caysa" self-propelled howitzers from Twitter “Caysa” is a 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer designed and manufactured by the French company Nexter, with a maximum range of 40 km and a maximum firing speed of 6 rounds/minute, capable of launching high-explosive munitions, illumination flares, end-sensitive rounds and guided shells, with a high precision strike capability. Since 2008, the “Caysa” self-propelled artillery has been heavily equipped with French troops and, owing to its advanced performance, it has also been exported to countries such as Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Thailand and Indonesia, with a total production of more than 300 units. After the outbreak of the Russian-Ukraine conflict, despite the constant solidarity of the United States and Western countries with Ukraine, RT noted that the Western Powers had been reluctant to support Ukraine with their own more sophisticated weapons because they feared that Russia might seize them and operate “reverse engineering”.

Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.

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