KMW from Germany offers Ukraine to purchase 100 PzH 2000 155mm howitzers

According to information published by the "Welt" German newspaper website on April 9, 2022, the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) offers to Ukraine to purchase 100 Panzerhaubitze PzH 2000 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers.
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German army PzH 2000 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Citing the "Welt" information, Ukraine has submitted an offer to the German government to acquire 100 PzH 2000 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer. At the same time, the German Government will also offer the sale of Boxer 8x8 armored vehicles.

Citing information from the Ukrainian press agency Interfax on April 10, 2022, the cost of 100 Pzh 2000 howitzers including spare parts and spare parts could reach an amount of 1.7 billion Euro.

European countries and the United States continue to announce delivery and support of military equipment and weapons to Ukraine, recently, the United States has announced the immediate drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $100 million to meet Ukraine’s urgent need for additional anti-armor systems.

This authorization is the sixth drawdown of arms, equipment, and supplies from Department of Defense inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.  Combined with $300 million in assistance announced by the Department of Defense on April 1 under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, this additional drawdown brings the total U.S. security assistance commitment to Ukraine to more than $2.4 billion since the beginning of this Administration, and more than $1.7 billion* *since the beginning of Russia’s brutal assault against Ukraine began on February 24, 2022.

On April 8, 2022, the United Kingdom announced new aid to Ukraine with a new £100m package of military equipment and weapons.

The PzH 2000 is a tracked 155mm self-propelled howitzer that was designed and developed by the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). The production of the howitzer for the German army started in the second half of 1997. The first production system was completed early in 1998 and, following company trials, was handed over to the German Army in July 1998.

The layout of the PzH 2000 is standard for a self-propelled howitzer with the driver seated at the front right, the power pack to the left, and the turret towards the rear. The hull and the turret of the artillery vehicle provide protection against the firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters. The armor at the front part of the hull provides protection against the firing of 14.5 mm caliber weapons. The PzH 2000 has a crew of five.

The main armament of the PzH 2000 consists of a Rheinmetall 155mm 52 cal. gun with a chromium-plated barrel and semi-automatic lifting breech block with an integrated 32-round standard primer magazine. The PzH 2000 can fire all the NATO standard 155mm ammunition with a maximum firing range of with standard HE-FRAG projectile and 40 km with extended range projectile.