Meet Germany’s Pzh 2000 Howitzer: World’s Most Advanced Artillery fighting for Ukraine

Developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall in the 1980s and 1990s for the German Army, the PzH 2000 is a howitzer renowned for its exceptional hit accuracy and range. The system is equipped with a 155 mm/L52 howitzer, capable of meeting effective range requirements at all elevation angles, providing a complete 360-degree coverage. Unlike many other artillery systems that require forward observers to adjust their guns after initial shots, the PzH 2000 can directly target given coordinates, receiving target data via a datalink. This system even has the capacity to launch three shells within a span of 10 seconds.

A standout feature of the PzH 2000 is its capability for Multiple Round Simultaneous Impact (MRSI) firing. The vehicle is equipped with a fully-automatic loading system, complete with an ammunition management system, ready to handle standard NATO 155 mm ammunition. The howitzer can reach up to 18.6 miles (30 km) using standard HE-FRAG shells, which extends to 24.8 miles (40 km) with a base bleed shell. Employing a South African VLAP rocket-assisted shell, the PzH 2000 can achieve an impressive range of 34.8 miles (56 km). Since last year, it has been deployed to the fiercest frontlines in Ukraine, where it continues to deliver accurate and devastating strikes

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