WARSAW ($1=4.63 Polish Zlotys) — In the coming days, Ukraine will receive from Poland the first eight Krab self-propelled howitzers out of an order of 60. In June, Poland agreed to produce 60 self-propelled howitzers and other equipment worth about $648 million [3 billion Polish zlotys]. The news was reported by Rolskee Radio 24 [Polish Radio 24].
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The batch of eight 155mm Polish Krab SPHs has been prepared for transport, but final formalities are pending, says Rolskee Radio 24. The Polish media did not specify the type of formalities – documentary, technical, or transport. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Poland is one of the countries where the Ukrainian military is trained on how to work with the western equipment supplied to them. The other country is Germany.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Poland has donated 18 Krab self-propelled howitzers from the inventory of the Polish army.
Krab SPH in Severodonetsk
A significant part of the Krab self-propelled howitzers supplied in May by Poland operated in the Severodonetsk region. This area is now under the control of the Russian armed forces.
Shortly before this happened [falling under Russian control], Polish journalist from the online portal Defense24 Jakub Palowski described the Krab SPH as a game-changing weapon system. According to him, Krab SPH can change the situation and stabilize the defense of Severodonetsk. However, this has not happened, at least to date.
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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