Explosions do not disturb residents of Draguignan, the “artillery capital of France.” But a visitor to this southeastern city is surprised that the sound of an 18-ton Caesar self-propelled howitzer travels 20 km (12 mi.) from Camp de Canjuers, the biggest proving ground in Western Europe. This 350-sq-km (135-sq.-mi.) wilderness is where the army trains with the gun, four of which are deployed in Mali. Manufacturer Nexter self-funded development of an armored cabin for the gun. Although ...

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