Germany to Open In Poland a Service Center For Ukraine’s PzH 2000s: Ukrainian Artillerymen Use Self-Propelled Guns Very Intensively

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The Armed Forces of Ukraine intensively use the PzH 2000 / Illustrative photo from open sources
The Armed Forces of Ukraine intensively use the PzH 2000 / Illustrative photo from open sources

Ukrainian gunners significantly exceed the Bundeswehr standards in shooting with PzH 2000 self-propelled guns

Germany plans to open a PzH 2000 service center as close as possible to the border with Ukraine, which is in Poland. This is due to the extremely high intensity of use of these self-propelled guns, their operation rate significantly exceeds the standards of the Bundeswehr, says the Spiegel.

In the German army, the average daily rate of shell consumption for one PzH 2000 is 100 shells. Everything, which is above, is considered intensive operation, and according to the available information of the article, the PzH 2000 in the Armed Forces of Ukraine operate almost in constant fire mode.

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German PzH 2000 SPGs / Illustrative photo from open sources

It is also noted that the fire is usually conducted at the maximum range, which implies greater loads on the system. According to the publication, in addition to the completely logical barrel wear parameter, there’s also a charging mechanism wear, which provides a fire rate of 8 shots per minute.

Defense Express reminds that the PzH 2000 officially "arrived" to the battlefield a month ago, but even at a firing rate of 100 shells per day under moderate operation according, this already gives 3,000 shots per one self-propelled sinxe then until today.

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German PzH 2000 SPG / Illustrative photo from open sources

Considering the significant excess of this norm, it is obvious that the barrels resource of the PzH 2000 is already coming to an end. Similarly with the M777 howitzers, their barrels have also begun to be actively replaced.

It is also worth reminding that the PzH 2000 is a "digital" self-propelled gun, the software has a warning function for its aggregate resources. Therefore, without delay, Germany quickly provided Ukraine with all the necessary packages of spare parts to solve the problems.

Germany to Open a Service Center For Ukraine’s PzH 2000s In Poland: Ukrainian Artillerymen Use Self-Propelled Guns Very Intensively, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
German PzH 2000 SPGs / Illustrative photo from open sources

Also, given the information about the opening of a service center near Ukraine, most likely the PzH 2000 service will be handled by the manufacturer of the self-propelled guns Krauss-Maffei Wegmann.

It is quite logical to deploy the corresponding infrastructure, taking into account the fact that the company received approval for the sale of 100 units of PzH 2000 to Ukraine.

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