We have already written about a rather strange proposal to supply Ukraine with modern 155-mm ACS PzH 2000 20 in 2024-2027, but something has changed since then, and 12 such ACS are going to the Armed Forces of Ukraine at once – 5 from the Netherlands and 7 more from Germany. Moreover, it became known that the Ukrainian military has already begun training on this technique in Germany. This was announced on Twitter of German Ministry of Defense .
Die Ausbildung ukrainischer SoldatInnen an der Panzerhaubitze 2000 in Deutschland hat heute begonnen. Wir planen gemeinsam mit 🇳🇱 bis zu
18 🇺🇦 Besatzungen auszubilden.
Dadurch wird weder 🇩🇪 noch die #NATO zur Kriegspartei, das betont Ministerin Lambrecht im @ZDF. pic.twitter.com/EhE6awhvbF
— Verteidigungsministerium (@BMVg_Bundeswehr) May 11, 2022
“Training of Ukrainian soldiers with the Panzerhaubitze 2000 started in Germany today. Together with the Netherlands, we plan to train up to 18 Ukrainian crews. This means that neither Germany nor NATO will be a warring party,” said Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht.
Panzerhaubitze 2000, or PzH 2000, entered service with the Bundeswehr in 1998. The 155-mm gun of this 52-caliber SpH is compatible with a high-precision projectile M982 Excalibur and can “throw” it at a distance of 48 km. And when using rocket-assisted projectiles, the range will grow to a fantastic 67 km. Another interesting feature of PzH 2000 – firing a series of 3 rounds in 9 seconds, that is, even one gun can make a small volley, devastating for the enemy, let alone a whole division.
By the way, even ordinary PzH 2000 projectiles hit at a distance of 30-36 km. Very good. Ruscists will like it!
SpH PzH 2000 specifications
Weight – 55.3 tons
Length – 11.7 m
Width – 3.6 m
Height – 3.1 m
Crew – 5 (commander, driver, shooter, 2 chargers)
Main armament – 155-mm Rheinmetall L52 gun
Ammunition – 60 shells
Rate of fire – 3 rounds in 9.0 seconds (burst), 10 rounds per minute
Effective firing range:
Conventional projectiles – 30-36 km
Projectiles with bottom gas generator – 40-47 km
Rocket-assisted projectiles – 67 km
Secondary armament – 7.62 mm Rheinmetall MG3 machine gun
Engine – MTU 881 Ka-500 diesel
Power – 986 hp
Operating range – 420 km
Speed (road) – 60 km/h