The Operational Command East made the statement on its official page on Facebook.
“The Polish Krab will effectively "eat" russian columns
As a part of international military assistance, friendly Poland handed over to Ukraine modern 155-mm artillery weapons - AHS Krab,” the statement reads.
The command said that the deployment of these howitzers takes about 30 seconds, the main weapon is a 155mm/52-caliber gun, and the maximum firing range is 40 kilometers.
Krab is a Polish-made 155mm self-propelled howitzer compatible with NATO ammunition.
In late May, Poland had already given Ukraine 18 Krab self-propelled howitzers (three batteries) and trained 100 Ukrainian gunners to work with them.
Earliere Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov stated that Polish self-propelled Krab howitzers were ready for use by the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the front, in addition to a number of other weapons received from Ukraine’s partners.
The Krab is a 155mm self-propelled howitzer based on tracked armored chassis from South Korea. This is the latest generation of artillery vehicles in service with the Polish armed forces. The first vehicles were handed over by the Polish army in November 2016 and a new deal was signed in December 2016 to acquire a new batch of 96 howitzers to equip five artillery regiments. Currently of the 120 vehicles ordered, 80 have already been delivered to the Polish army.
The design of the Krab is standard for a modern self-propelled howitzer with the driver position on the left, the powerpack is on the forward right and the turret is mounted at the rear of the hull. The Krab howitzer has a crew of five. The turret and the hull provide protection against the firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters. It has a combat weight of around 52 tons.
The main armament of the Krab consists of a 155mm/52 caliber gun which has a burst rate of fire of three rounds per ten seconds. The cannon can fire a wide range of 155mm NATO ammunition with a maximum firing range of 40 km. The vehicle can carry 40 rounds of ammunition that are stored inside the turret and chassis.
The Krab howitzer is powered by a 12-cylinder, multi-fuel, water-cooled, turbocharged diesel engine developing 625 kW at 2000 rpm. It can run at a maximum road speed of 60 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 650 km.
Defense Express earlier told a story on How British AS90 and Korean Tanks "Turned Into" Krab SP Howitzers.