Germany sends PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania


According to Archynewsy, in order to strengthen the potential of the German-led international NATO battalion stationed in Lithuania, six Panzerhaubitze PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers are being sent to Lithuania, the German Ministry of Defense announced on Friday, February 11.
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PzH2000 of the German army loaded on tank transporter (Picture source: Bundeswehr)


According to Minister Kristīne Lambrehte, howitzers in Münster have been loaded onto heavy tank transport trucks to be delivered to Lithuania. It has already been reported that as the region escalates, Germany has decided to send another 350 troops to Lithuania. It is planned to deploy an additional one hundred military vehicles in Lithuania.

Germany is leading a NATO-led battlegroup in Lithuania with more than 1,000 troops, one of four missions NATO sent to the Baltic states and Poland in 2017 in response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. About 500 German soldiers are currently stationed in Lithuania. The Bundeswehr National Territorial Commander, Lt. Gen. Martin Schelleis, has taken over the command of the German reinforcements for the deployment to the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania. The Bundeswehr is increasing its contingent on NATO's eastern flank by around 350 soldiers and around 100 vehicles.

The Panzerhaubitze 2000 ("armoured howitzer 2000"), abbreviated PzH 2000, is a 155 mm self-propelled howitzer developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall for the German Army. In burst mode, it can fire three rounds in nine seconds, ten rounds in 56 seconds, and can—depending on barrel heating—fire between 10 and 13 rounds per minute continuously. The PzH 2000 has automatic support for up to 5 rounds of Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact (MRSI). The replenishment of shells is automated. Two operators can load 60 shells and propelling charges in less than 12 minutes. PzH 2000 has also been selected by the armies of Italy, Netherlands, Greece, Lithuania, Hungary, Qatar and Croatia, mostly replacing older systems like the M109 self-propelled howitzers.


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PanzerHaubitze PzH2000 of the Bundeswehr (Picture source : Army Recognition)


 

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