Ukraine wants 100 PzH2000s ‘but it seems they were never ordered’

The renowned German self-propelled howitzer manufacturer is still waiting for an order of 100 units of PzH2000. This much-awaited order is projected to be placed in the summer of 2022. This update was released by German journalist Bjorn Müller, quoting the representative from KNDS, a collaboration that includes Kraus Maffei Wegman. 

German PzH 2000s in Ukraine wear out: error message after heavy fire
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Last year, in April, Ukraine initiated a conversation with Germany regarding the purchase of the PzH 2000. By July, they received the green light from the German government for a potential purchase of 100 self-propelled artillery units. Despite that, the order seems to have fallen through. “As of now, the deal on 100 PzH2000s, which Ukraine intended to finalize in the summer of 2022, and for which the federal government granted permission, remains incomplete,” KNDS announced. 

A report from Spiegel suggests that the probable value of a deal involving 100 Panzerhaubitze 2000s could reach up to 1.7 billion euros, as estimated by the KMW representatives. The duration of the contract would last several years, contingent on the supply of components for the units. 

155mm PzH 2000 howitzers firing 10 rounds in 56 seconds go to Lithuania
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The exact reasons behind the absence of an order for these self-propelled artillery units remain uncertain. Potential causes could range from a shortage of necessary funding to a shift in military support priorities. 

Since last summer, Ukraine’s military has been actively employing the PzH 2000 self-propelled artillery units produced in Germany in their battle against Russian occupant forces. 

The Ukrainian army has been effectively maneuvering a division of such artillery installations, which were donated by Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy. 

RCH 155

In a recent discussion with representatives from KNDS, it was disclosed that Muller is gearing up for the manufacture of the wheel-driven RCH 155 self-propelled howitzers. At the moment, KMW is in the process of setting up the production line. 

The recent news indicating that Ukraine will acquire these artillery installations later than anticipated, likely towards the end of 2024. 

See what the KMW RCH 155mm/52-cal 70km range howitzer looks like
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Interestingly, Ukraine happens to be the inaugural customer for these wheeled self-propelled guns, ordering a total of 18 units. The German federal government financed this substantial purchase, totaling €216 million. 

As a friendly reminder, let me note that last June, Ukraine inked an agreement to buy roughly 60 units of the 155-mm self-propelled artillery installations, known as ‘Krab’.

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