What’s happening? German howitzers messed up in Ukraine…

German journalists found that the equipment could not withstand intensive use at the front, and the repair was complicated by the fact that Ukraine did not have the necessary parts to repair German howitzers.

Some of the self-propelled howitzers that Germany provided as part of military-technical assistance to Ukraine are malfunctioning. The repair of the equipment is complicated by the fact that in our country it is difficult to find the necessary parts for this equipment, writes Spiegel.

The publication says that after the delivery of a total of 14 self-propelled howitzers, the Ministry of Defense was unable to order large packages of spare parts in time to regularly repair the weapon systems and keep them in working order.

Therefore, most of the artillery systems supplied by Germany are in need of repair due to the intensive operation on the front since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It is true that six German howitzers were recently brought to Lithuania for technical repair. But since the necessary spare parts for the howitzers were not available either in the industry or in the Bundeswehr, the technicians had to disassemble one of the howitzers and leave it for a while in Lithuania.

This is a German self-propelled artillery installation, which is equipped with a 155 mm gun with a length of 52 calibers. Also, the weapons have a navigation system, an automated fire control system, a manual loading system with an ammunition set of 60 rounds. The PzH 2000 is capable of firing three shots in nine seconds or ten shots in 56 seconds at a distance of up to 30 km.

A third of the German PzH 2000 howitzers in Ukraine are in need of repair. According to journalists, earlier Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled guns were planned to be repaired in Poland, but there were problems with this due to the competition of manufacturers. Perhaps there is already an alternative.

The Ukrainian publication Focus also writes that Ukraine received the first German Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers in the second half of June. ACS PzH 2000 became the sixth type of artillery of the 155th caliber in service with the Armed Forces of Ukraine.


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