Germany Denmark Norway to finance purchase of 16 Zuzana 2 8x8 howitzers for Ukraine

According to information published by "The Local Denmark" website on October 2, 2022, Germany, Denmark, and Norway will finance the supply to Ukraine of 16 Slovak-made Zuzana-2 155mm 8x8 wheeled self-propelled howitzers.
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A Slovak Ground Forces Zuzana 2 155mm howitzer fires a projectile during a US-Slovak live-fire exercise at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, November 30, 2021 (Picture source U.S. DoD)

This decision was announced by German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht during a visit to Ukraine on 1 and 2 October 2022. Germany, Denmark, and Norway agree to jointly finance the purchase of Slovak-made Zuzana-2 8x8 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers at a cost of €92 million, said the German defense ministry.

On June 1, 2022, the Army Recognition editorial team reported that Slovakia will deliver 8 Zuzana 2 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. On August 13, 2022, the Ukrainian army took delivery of the first batch of four Zuzana 2 howitzers which is now deployed in Ukraine to fight the Russian army.

The Zuzana 2 is a wheeled 155mm self-propelled howitzer fully designed and developed by the Slovak company Konstrukta Defence. This artillery system consists of one 155mm/52 caliber gun mounted on a TATRA 815 8×8 truck chassis.

The Zuzana 2 has a very unique design with the artillery weapon system fitted in a fully enclosed turret mounted on a TATRA 815 8×8 truck chassis with the driver's compartment at the front and the engine compartment at the rear. The turret is in two parts with the 152 mm ordnance being mounted in the aisle between them. Each half of the turret is fully enclosed and is provided with access doors, roof hatches, and vision devices.

The Zuzana 2 is fitted with an automatic loading system that enables a maximum firing range in automatic mode of 5 rounds per minute or 5 rounds in one minute. It also has the capacity to fire 2 rounds per minute in manual mode. It carries a total of 40 projectiles and charges. Of the 40 charges carried, 30 are in the automatic magazine and 10 in the fixed magazine. Ammunition handling is fully automatic with the ramming and loading of projectiles and charges. It has a minimum firing range of 5 km and a maximum firing of 41.5 km with ERFB-BB (Extended Range Full Bore – Base Bleed propellant), and extended-range artillery ammunition.