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PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled howitzer
 
 
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PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled howitzer technical data sheet specifications information description intelligence pictures photos images identification Germany German army KMW defense industry military technology
 
Description
The PzH 2000 is a 155mm self-propelled howiter designed, developped and manufactured by the German Company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) together with Rheinmetall Defence. The contract awarded on 14 March 1996 for series production of 185 armoured self-propelled howitzers PzH 2000 for the German Army marked a key event in the success story of this weapons system. The stringent requirements imposed by the German customer on a tube artillery system and still applied throughout the world have even been surpassed in some key areas. It became clear very early on that the PzH 2000, on top of that, also boasted a high growth potential for future users. Concurrently with the development phase, the performance spectrum was demonstrated to the NATO partners in numerous international presentations. Amongst other capabilities, the engagement of moving sea targets with precise single shots, was very successfully demonstrated in Sweden in 1996, which opened up an entirely new operational spectrum for the classic tube artillery. Successful trials, including the demonstration of an MRSI capability in 1997 (firing different shell-charge combinations from one gun so that the shells impact the same target at the same time) as well as effective range demonstrations of > 40 km, when the system was on the short list for Greece, underpin the demanding claim to establish the PzH 2000 as the future NATO-wide 155 mm/52 cal standard gun. The PzH 2000 meets all international requirements on a tube artillery system and may be regarded as the top product of the German defence industry, with KMW as the system lead contractor. With the delivery of the first PzH 2000 GR production system for Greece in May 2003, the PzH 2000 is now set to establish itself as the EURO howitzer. Other than with Greece (24 PzH 2000), contracts exist with the Netherlands (57) and Italy (70).
 
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Armament
The main armament consists of a Rheinmetall 155mm 52 cal. gun with a chromium-plated barrel and semi-automatic lifting breech block with integrated 32-round standard primer magazine. The 30 km range requirement with NATO standard shells and the 40 km requirement with base-bleed shells has been met with the development of a new 155 mm 52 cal barrel. The ordnance which features a chrome-plated and laser-hardened barrel bore reflects state-of-the-art technology and fully conforms to the "Joint Ballistics Memorandum of Understanding", an international memorandum which defines the design and ordnance parameters and thus permits firing of all NATO-standardized charge systems. The stable firing platform and high-precision gun laying system of the PzH 2000 make it possible to meet the effective range requirements at all elevation angles, 360 degrees all-round, with great hit accuracy even at firing rates of 10 rounds/minute. The core element of the PzH 2000 is the electrically powered and digitally controlled automatic shell loading system designed to handle the 155 mm shells when loading and unloading the 60-round magazine, loading the gun from the magazine and loading from outside, including inductive fuze setting. The shells are rammed into the breech by means of a pneumatically operated flick rammer with elevation-angle-dependent ramming pressure control over the entire gun control range. It takes two crew members less than 11 minutes to take over the full combat load consisting of 60 x 155mm shells and the corresponding amount of charges. In addition to the fully automatic modes of operation, degraded modes all the way to manual operation are possible so that a high rate of fire and reaction capability can be maintained even in back-up modes. A 7.62 mm anti-aicrfat machine gun is mounted on the left side top of the turret. A bank of four 76mm smoke grenade dischargers are mounted to each side of the gun at the front of the turret. The turret can rotate through 360° with an elevation of +65° and depression of -2.5 for the gun.
Design and protection
The hull and the turret are made in all-welded steel armour which provide a protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters. the twon main part of the vehicle is the tracked chassis and the turret mounted at the rear of the hull. The driver is seated at the front right of the hull with the power pack to its left. The turret is equipped with two roof hatches. The PzH 2000 can be equipped with add-on armour on the roof of the vehicle to increase protection against top attack weapons. This can be quickly attached by the crew using onboard equipment.
Propulsion
The short barrel overhang, which results from the rearward positioning of the turret on a front-sprocket-driven chassis powered by a 736 kW (1,000 HP) engine, provides excellent tactical and operational mobility comparable to a medium battle tank. The torsion bar suspension consists of each side with seven double-tyred roadwheels with three track-return rollers, drive sprocket at the front, and idler at the rear. The PzH 2000 is motorized with a MTU 881 diesel engine developing 1,000 hp coupled to a Renk HSWL 284 automatic transmission with 4 forward speed and 2 reverse speed. The PzH 2000 can run at a maximum road speed of 60 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 420 km. The vehicle can climb up to 50% gradient and vertical obstacle of 1 m, move on 25% side slope and cross a trench of maximum 3m.
Accessories
The Pzh 2000 is fitted with a panoramic day/night sight with laser range-finder and a day/night direct fire sight. The PzH 2000 is the only 155 mm 52 cal artillery weapons system to feature a fire control computer with integrated NABK (NATO Artillery Ballistic Kernel) for autonomous computation of firing commands. Downloading of FCI data and the corresponding ammunition designations simplifies the integration of new country-specific types of ammunition into the on-board fire control computer. An on-board ballistics computer, a muzzle velocity measurement and management system as well as a GPS-based inertial navigation system determining position, bearing, elevation above sea level and spatial position of the barrel make the PzH 2000 a fully stand-alone weapons system. On the move or in defilade positions, the PzH 2000 receives target data with engagement inputs from a higher level command post via data radio link. After onboard laying and loading data computation, the firing command is executed, whereupon the vehicle leaves its firing position immediately after the last round is fired. This so-called shoot & scoot capability makes it next to impossible for hostile reconnaissance to respond in time with counter-battery fire. Standard equipment includes a fire warning and extinguishing system for the engine compartment and an NBC protection and ventilation system for the crew compartment.
 
Specifications
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Armament
One 155 mm 52 cal. gun, one 7.62 mm machine gun
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Country users
Germany, Greece, Italy Netherlands, Saudi Arabia
Designer Country
Germany
Accessories
Fire computer system, panoramic day/night sight, laser range-finder, day/night direct fire sight, NBC protection system
Crew
5
Armor
Protection agaisnt firing of small arms and shell
splinters
Weight
55,330 kg combat condition
Speed
60 km/h maximum road speed
Range
420 km
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Dimensions
Length: 11.66 m; Width: 3.58 m; Height: 3.46 m
 
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PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled howitzer technical data sheet specifications information description intelligence pictures photos images identification Germany German army KMW defense industry military technology
 
PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled howitzer technical data sheet specifications information description intelligence pictures photos images identification Germany German army KMW defense industry military technology
PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled howitzer technical data sheet specifications information description intelligence pictures photos images identification Germany German army KMW defense industry military technology
   
PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled howitzer technical data sheet specifications information description intelligence pictures photos images identification Germany German army KMW defense industry military technology PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled howitzer technical data sheet specifications information description intelligence pictures photos images identification Germany German army KMW defense industry military technology
 
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