Germany approves the sale of 100 PzH 2000 155mm tracked howitzers to Ukraine

According to information published by the German newspaper website "WELT" on July 27, 2022, Germany approves the sale of 100 PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine for an amount of €1.7 billion.
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PzH 2000 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer of the German army. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Citing information of German magazine Der Spiegel, the German company KMW (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann) the manufacturer of the PzH 2000 howitzer has already started the production of the first artillery systems for Ukraine. The full production of the 100 PzH 2000 howitzers for Ukraine will take several years to be completed. Currently, there has not yet been a decision on delivery times.

The Pzh 2000 howitzer is in service with the Ukrainian armed forces and it has already been used in combat operations against Russian forces. Indeed, in May 2022 Netherlands and Germany approved the delivery of 12 PzH 2000, 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. The Netherlands has provided five examples to Ukraine while Germany has supplied seven.

On June 28, 2022, German Defense Minister Lambrechts announced that Germany in collaboration with the Netherlands will supply Ukraine with six additional PzH 2000 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers.

The PzH 2000 is a German-made 155mm self-propelled howitzer based on a tracked armored chassis. The Production of the self-propelled artillery system for the German Army commenced at the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann facility in Kassel in the second half of 1997. Currently, the PzH 2000 howitzer is in service with Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Qatar, and now Ukraine.

The design of the PzH 2000 consists of three main parts including the driver position at the front right side of the hull, the power pack to the left, and the turret towards the rear. The howitzer has a crew of five but it can be operated by a crew of three.

The PzH 2000 is armed with one 155 mm 52 caliber gun which is equipped with an automatic electrically driven projectile loading system enabling loading and firing to take place within the full traverse and elevation range. The 60-round projectile magazine as well as the complete shell handling system is controlled by an automatic data management system. It has a maximum firing range of 40 km using standard ammunition and up to 54 km with extended range ammunition such as Vulcano or Excalibur.