Confirmed: Several Dutch 155mm SPHs will be delivered to Ukraine

AMSTERDAM, ($1=0.95 Euro) — The Dutch Ministry of Defense has officially confirmed that it will send a “limited number” of 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers PzH 2000 KMW Krauss-Maffei Wegmann to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. According to the press release, these howitzers will be from the Dutch military equipment.

PzH 2000
Photo: Wikipedia

BulgarianMilitary.com has suggested that Amsterdam will donate these howitzers to Kyiv, citing speculation on the online portal Oryx, which says they will be either five or six. According to Oryx, arms supplies from the Netherlands to Ukraine have not stopped, although in late March the Dutch government announced that it would stop providing information on what the Netherlands supplies to Ukraine.

The Netherlands has many weapons systems that are obsolete, stored, or simply unnecessary for the Dutch army, so they are a real opportunity to be sold. These are SAM systems, MLRS systems M270, Leopard 2A6 MBT, armored personnel carriers, including YPR-765 armored personnel carriers, 155 mm towed howitzers FH-70 and others. The situation in Europe changed after Russia invaded Ukraine and started a war so that the Netherlands ’initial plans to find these weapons customers diminished, and the chances of falling into Ukraine increased.

155-mm PzH 2000

PzH-2000 is a 155-mm closed-type cannon chassis, built based on components and units of the “Leopard-2” tank. Additional weapons consist of a 7.62-mm MG-3 machine gun and eight smoke grenade launchers [2×4]. The machine carries 60 artillery shells, 48 ​​all-metal charges [six-segment], 2,000 machine guns, and 8 grenade launchers.

155mm PzH 2000 howitzers firing 10 rounds in 56 seconds go to Lithuania
Photo credit: Wikipedia

PzH 2000 is very suitable for the modern concept of war – from a great distance to hit the target with one volley and quickly leave the position. An automated fire control system helps to cover the target without shots, which directs the entire battery at once. PzH 2000 can fire three projectiles in 9 seconds or 10 in 56 seconds. Then the speed is from 10 to 13 shots per minute, depending on the heating of the barrel.

Range of firing with a standard NATO projectile L15A2 – 30 km. PzH 2000 holds the world record among 155 mm howitzers. At a test site in South Africa, she fired a specially designed V-LAP projectile, manufactured by the South African company Denel, 56 km away.

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