France is sending French-made CAESAR self-propelled howitzers — long-range weapons — to Ukraine by the end of the month, the Elysée Palace confirmed Friday.
In an interview with French media outlet Ouest-France on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron said the country was “delivering substantial equipment, from MILAN to CAESAR and several types of weapons.”
“I think we have to continue on this path. Always with a red line, which is not to enter into co-belligerence,” the French president added.
About 40 Ukrainian military service members will arrive in France to get trained on the military equipment, according to the Elysée.
MILAN anti-tank weapons systems have already been delivered, the Elysée said.
The CAESAR is a truck-mounted artillery system with a self-propelled gun developed by Nexter Systems.
According to the company, CAESAR units have been deployed by the French army since 2009 in various countries, including “Afghanistan, Lebanon, Mali and the Sahel, Iraq, and East Asia.”
"France continues to support Ukraine militarily," the French defense ministry said Friday. "The President of the Republic has decided to deliver several CAESAR artillery guns and thousands of shells. We stand with the Ukrainian people."