Ukrainian army uses Czech-made Dana M2 152mm howitzer to shell Russian troops
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According to a video published on the Telegram account of "RVvoenkory" on July 7, 2022, Ukrainian armed forces deployed in Siversk, Donetsk, use the Czech-made DANA M2 152mm 8x8 self-propelled howitzer to shell Russian forces deployed in Ukraine.
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Analysis of the video showing a DANA M2 152mm self-propelled howitzer used by Ukrainian armed forces to shell Russian troops in Ukraine.
On November 20, 2022, the Army Recognition editorial team reported that Ukraine planned to replace Soviet-made 2A36 Giatsint-B 152mm towed howitzers, 2A65 MSTA-B 152mm towed howitzers, 2S19 152mm self-propelled howitzers and 2S5 152mm self-propelled howitzers with the DANA M2 wheeled 152mm self-propelled howitzer produced by the Czech defense industry. The Dana M2 was tested by the Ukrainian army in April 2021.
The Dana M2 is a modernized version of the DANA, a 8x8 152mm self-propelled howitzer that was developed in the late 1970s by ZTS to meet the operational requirements of the Czech Army for a highly mobile self-propelled artillery system.
The Dana M2 is based on a modified 8×8 Tatra 815 chassis offering high mobility in all-terrain conditions. The Dana-M2 has been modernized with a new crew cabin offering more protection and fitted with two large bulletproof windows at the front and one window on each side enhancing situational awareness.
The Dana M2 is armed with one 152mm cannon which has a maximum firing range of 20 km with extended ammunition type and 21.5 km with DN1CZ ammunition. Notice that Dana-M2 is so far available only in Russian 152mm caliber, not NATO 155mm. The howitzer is fitted with a fully automatic system that loads the projectile and then the charge using an automatic rammer. The turret is divided into two parts, with the gunner and loader operator on the left, while the ammunition handler is on the right and sets the fuzes of the projectiles manually.
The Dana M2 is also equipped with a powerful Onboard Control System which contains subsystems of diagnostics, navigation, automatic gun aiming, computerized firing control elements, and a new ammunition selection system. The newly implemented automatic guiding system allows fast and fully automatic weapon adjustment into the fire position.
Czech-made DANA M2 152mm 8x8 wheeled self-propelled howitzer. (Picture source Army Recognition).