Nov 20 2022 9:53 p.m
According to the news magazine “Der Spiegel”, the weapons supplied by Berlin are said to break down very quickly, while spare parts for them are difficult to obtain.
The German Type 2000 (PzH 2000) self-propelled howitzers would not withstand the rigors of the war in Ukraine, while Berlin could not obtain enough spare parts to keep the artillery pieces in action. This was reported by the news magazine The mirror.
Germany has sent fourteen of its state-of-the-art self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. But as soon as they took part in what was happening on the battlefield, the first problems began to arise. The guns were already suffering from “wear and tear” last July and the internal systems were increasingly displaying error messages. As a result, six of the guns recently had to be sent to Lithuania for repairs, reported the German news magazine on Friday.
Of those six, however, only five will be able to return to the battlefield. Neither the German military nor the German armaments industry could source the spare parts needed for the repairs, so gunsmiths had to cannibalize one PzH 2000 to repair the other five, the report said.
The federal government has been aware of the lack of spare parts since late summer, after the Bundeswehr urgently called on the government to order “comprehensive packages of spare parts”. The mirror. Such an order has apparently not been made and the lack of spare parts has also thwarted Germany’s plans to set up a repair shop in Slovakia. Howitzers and air defense systems sent from Berlin to the Ukraine should be serviced and repaired in the repair workshop, which has been planned since September and announced by Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht at the beginning of last week.
Bundeswehr officials estimated that the Ukrainian army is firing up to three hundred rounds a day with each PzH 2000, the magazine’s report said. Wrote about the error-prone guns in a previous post The mirror last July that one hundred rounds a day is considered by professionals as a high-intensity mission, and that ammunition shortages have forced the Ukrainian army to load guns with incompatible ammunition, leading to additional wear and tear.
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