WARSAW, ($1=4.25 Polish Zlotys) — On May 29, the Radio Information Agency [IAR] reported, based on unofficial sources, that Poland had provided Ukraine with eighteen AHS Krab self-propelled howitzers, which are currently the latest type of artillery weapon deployed in the Polish army.
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According to unofficial information received from IAR journalists [Informacyjna Agencja Radiowa in Polish] from government circles, in addition to AHS Krab, the Poles have trained one hundred Ukrainian artillerymen. Most likely, the training process took place in one of the military units that are already operating with the mentioned artillery system. Polish sources say the Torun Artillery and Armaments Training Center has not yet received its AHS Krabs.
Polish authorities have not officially confirmed the media revelations. This is related to information policy. According to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the military aid so far is approximately 200 T-72 tanks, Piorun portable anti-aircraft missile systems, RGP-40 revolver grenade launchers, light mortars, Grot carabiners, and others.
So far Huta Stalowa Wola S.A. provided the Polish army with at least 78 AHS Krabs, which went to four artillery units. Another eight, which are to supply the 14th Yaroslavl Self-Propelled Artillery Squadron, were used to train Polish Army soldiers in May, according to Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A.
About AHS Krab
AHS Krab is a Polish self-propelled tracked gun-howitzer, which is a NATO standard 155mm caliber. AHS Krab is a product that is a mix of the South Korean self-propelled howitzer K9 Thunder and British AS-90M Braveheart turret with a 52-caliber gun and WB Electronics’ “Topaz” artillery fire control system. Officially, it is currently in service only in the Polish army. The only battle in which there is documented participation in the Ukrainian-Russian war in 2022.
The howitzer was designed nearly 20 years ago, but serial production began only in 2015 [modified version]. According to official data, 80 units of this howitzer were produced in a total of three variants.
The AHS Krab is manned by a five-member crew, weighs nearly 48 tons, and has the following dimensions: length: 12.05 m (39 ft 6 in), width: 3.60 m [11 ft 10 in), and height: 3.00 m]. AHS Krab can fire a maximum of six projectiles in a minute, and the range is 3d or 40 km [40 km if using a base bleed round]. In addition to the 155mm cannon, the field howitzer also has a 12.7mm WKM-B .50 BMG heavy machine gun.
An STX Engine STX-MTU MT881Ka-500 8-cylinder water-cooled diesel engine powers the AHS Krab delivering 735 kW [1,000 hp] at 2,700 rpm. The transmission is SNT Dynamics X1100-5A3 4 forward, 2 reverse, while the suspension is hydropneumatic. 400 km is the maximum distance that AHS Krab can cover by refueling a tank, and the maximum speed reaches 67 km / h.
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