A third of German PzH 2000 howitzers in Ukraine already need repair and will be sent to Slovakia



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Initially, the German PzH 2000 was to be repaired in Lithuania, but due to transportation costs, Berlin next planned to send the howitzer to Poland for repair.

However, the deal fell through when Poland insisted that its own company, PGZ, would be responsible for the repairs. Warsaw has requested confidential information about the design of the equipment, which publication sources say cannot be provided for reasons of commercial secrecy.

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The Germans believed the howitzers were wearing out faster than expected due to the high frequency of shooting, which put a heavy load on the howitzer’s loading mechanism, writes Spiegel. They said 100 shots a day was high intensity use.

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Also, according to the publication, from the very beginning, the Ukrainian army tried to fire special ammunition at too far a distance.

In total, Germany, together with the Netherlands, transferred 22 systems of this type to Ukraine.

The Panzerhaubitze 2000 is a German self-propelled howitzer with an autoloading system and a high degree of automation of all systems. The weapon can carry 60 shells and 228 modular ammunition.

Standard ammunition has a range of 30 km.

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