According to a Tweet posted by the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense (MoD) on April 6, 2022, the Lithuanian Armed Forces are now equipped with 18 German-made aircraft PzH 2000 155 tracked self-propelled howitzers and now has a fully operational artillery battalion.
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The Lithuanian army is now equipped with 18 German-made 155 mm PzH 2000 tracked self-propelled howitzers. (Lithuanian Ministry of Defense image source)
In September 2015, Army Recognition reported that Lithuania had signed a contract for the purchase of 21 PzH 2000 155 mm self-propelled howitzers of the German Armed Forces.
The Lithuanian Armed Forces will obtain 21 155mm self-propelled howitzers from the German Armed Forces under the contract. 16 of them will be used for combat purposes, 2 will be used for shooting and driving training, and another 3 – for spare parts. The Lithuanian Armed Forces will also receive 26 M577 V2 armored command vehicles and 6 BPZ2 recovery tanks. All purchased equipment was once used by the German armed forces.
The PzH 2000 is a 155 mm self-propelled howitzer designed, developed and manufactured by the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) in collaboration with Rheinmetall Defence. The contract awarded on March 14, 1996 for the mass production of 185 PzH 2000 armored self-propelled howitzers for the German army marks a key event in the success story of this weapon system. The Pzh 2000 is now in service with Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Qatar.
the PzH 2000 is based on a tracked armored chassis with the driver seated in the front right, the power pack on the left and the turret to the rear. The main armament of the PzH 2000 consists of a 155 mm 52 caliber gun which is equipped with an electrically driven automatic projectile loading system that allows loading and firing in the entire range of movement and elevation. The 60-round projectile magazine as well as the complete shell handling system are controlled by an automatic data management system.
The 155 mm gun of the PzH 2000 has a maximum firing range of 30 km with standard ammunition and 40 km with long-range ammunition. This artillery system can achieve a rate of fire of three rounds in 9.2 seconds.
The PzH 2000 is equipped with an automatic fire control system integrated with the gun control system for indirect target setting and consists of an integrated hybrid navigation system with the appropriate digital computers for automatic operation. This is the main mode and there is optical/mechanical equipment for the backup mode.
The PzH 2000 has a crew of five, but it can be operated by three crew members. This team is capable of operating the weapon, loading the weapon and performing preventative maintenance.
The PzH 2000 is based on a tracked chassis consisting of a torsion bar suspension with seven twin-tyred wheels on each side with three track return rollers, a drive sprocket at the front and an idler sprocket at the back. The vehicle is powered by a 1,000hp MTU 881 diesel engine mated to a Renk HSWL 284 automatic transmission with 4 forward gears and two reverse gears. The vehicle can travel at a maximum road speed of 60 km/h with a maximum range of 420 km.