The German Bundeswehr’s artillery division will be getting ten new Panzerhaubitzen 2000 (PzH 2000), with the first four self-propelled howitzers to be delivered to the troops in 2025.
The procurement of the first ten howitzers will cost around 184 million euros and will replace the PzH 2000 that were handed over to Ukraine. Additionally, up to 18 more howitzers can be obtained from the framework agreement.
The Vice President of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) signed a framework agreement for the purchase of the artillery pieces following the project’s approval by the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag on March 29.
By procuring the new Panzerhaubitzen 2000, the German defense procurement agency BAAINBw said it has acquired a reliable weapon system that is capable of meeting the current task profile and addressing various obsolescences.
The first batch of four self-propelled howitzers is expected to be delivered to the troops in 2025, with the overall procurement of guns anticipated to be completed by 2026.
The PzH 2000 is a 155mm gun system mounted on a tracked armored vehicle. It is recognized as one of the advanced artillery pieces globally, with features such as automated ammunition handling, navigation, and pointing systems. The system has a range of up to 40 kilometers and is highly mobile.