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Rheinmetall Awarded Contract to Supply Undercarriages and Weapon Systems for PzH 2000


Rheinmetall Awarded Contract to Supply Undercarriages and Weapon Systems for PzH 2000

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PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer
PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer

The Duesseldorf based technology group Rheinmetall has received an order from KNDS Germany to supply core components for 22 PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers via its divisions Weapon and Ammunition, and Vehicle Systems Europe. Rheinmetall delivers 22 weapon systems L52 of 155 mm calibre and just as many chassis for the PzH 2000 for the German Bundeswehr. Following a final system integration and commissioning at Rheinmetall in Unterluess, the first of these artillery systems are to be delivered to the Bundeswehr in the summer of 2025. This contract entails a total contract volume of around €135m for Rheinmetall.

This contract emphasises Rheinmetall’s expertise as a technology leader for 155mm artillery weapons as well as a high-performing partner in tracked vehicle construction. Rheinmetall is a global leader for gun barrels and the accompanying ammunition technology – including the 120mm smoothbore cannon for battle tanks, for example. Many user nations around the world rely on Rheinmetall’s weapons technology.

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A PzH 2000 PZH 2000 L52-23l-calibre gun fired a shell 67 km at the Alkantpan test range in South Africa on 6 November 2019. (Photo by Rheinmetall)

This contract furthermore underlines the Bundeswehr’s continued trust in the quality and reliability of the PzH 2000. This weapon system, continuously modernised since its development in the 1980s and 90s, is known for its excellent mobility, long-range firing power and protection. In the Ukraine, the PzH 2000 is currently proving its reliability and outstanding accuracy. The technology group, located in Duesseldorf, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of weapons and ammunition systems.

The Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) is a German 155 mm self-propelled howitzer developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall in the 1980s and 1990s for the German Army. The PzH 2000 has automatic support for up to five rounds of multiple round simultaneous impact. Replenishment of shells is automated. Two operators can load 60 shells and propelling charges in less than 12 minutes. The PzH 2000 equips the armies of Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Netherlands, Greece, Lithuania, Hungary, Qatar and Croatia, mostly replacing older systems such as the M109 howitzer. In November 2019, a PzH 2000 L52 gun fired a shell a distance of almost 67 km (42 mi). As of 2020, a prototype L52 gun with a new charge is being tested for a range of at least 75 km (47 mi).

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