Germany to deliver four more PzH2000 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine
After several weeks of hesitation, the German government granted Ukraine's request for additional artillery systems: Germany will supply Ukraine with four more PanzerHaubitze PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers together with an additional ammunition package, the German Defence ministry said on Monday, September 19.
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Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH2000) self-propelled howitzer. (Picture source: KMW/Krauss-Maffei Wegmann)
“Shipment will be possible and will begin immediately after discussions with industry representatives on the speedy delivery of repaired guns from the army’s overhaul program,” the ministry said. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht remarks that this step will increase the number of high-efficiency self-propelled howitzers delivered by Germany to Ukraine up to 14.
“The PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers supplied by Germany and the Netherlands have more than proven themselves in combat”, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said. “To further support Ukraine in its courageous fight against the brutal Russian attack, Germany will comply with this request”. The delivery is also to include ammunition.
Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov expressed his gratitude for the howitzers. He also reminded Germany about the additional Mars II multiple rocket launchers and Dingo personnel carriers that it had pledged last week. “The military assistance provided by our German friends is an important part of our joint victory over the terrorists,” he wrote on Twitter.
Last July, the German government approved the sale of 100 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine worth 1.7 billion euros ($1.72 billion). German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck reportedly approved Ukraine’s request for the Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers on July 13 after receiving it in April. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has already begun manufacturing the howitzers, which have a range of 30-60 kilometers (18.5-37 miles) depending upon the ammunition type selected. Full delivery of these artillery systems is expected to take several years.