Just a month after the delivery of German self-propelled artillery mounts (ACS) Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) to Ukraine, these artillery pieces are already showing clear signs of wear, according to a report published on Friday, July 29, by the weekly Der Spiegel.
In the middle of this week, the government in Kyiv already informed the German Ministry of Defense that after intensive shelling of Russian positions, some of the seven PzH 2000 self-propelled guns, delivered at the end of June to Ukraine, showed error messages. Therefore, several howitzers, apparently, are in need of repair.
Intensive rate of firing in German: 100 rounds per day
According to the Bundeswehr, the problems are related to the high rate of fire when using howitzers by the Ukrainian armed forces. According to experts, this creates a huge load on the howitzer loading mechanism. In Germany, 100 rounds per day from one heavy gun would already be considered a high level of intensity of fire, but the Ukrainians apparently fired many more rounds, according to the Bundeswehr.
In addition, Ukrainian soldiers allegedly first tried to shoot at targets at too great a distance, Der Spiegel writes further. According to the publication, Bundeswehr undertook to send additional sets of spare parts to Ukraine in a short time to eliminate problems. At the same time, the German government is negotiating with the military-industrial complex to establish a weapons repair center in Poland in order to reduce the time for transportation and repair work.
Difficulties with Norwegian shells for anti-aircraft guns Gepard
According to Der Spiegel, new problems arose with the supply of ammunition for the German Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, the first five units of which were recently delivered to Ukraine. During test firing in Germany, it turned out that the Gepard fire system does not recognize the shells of the Norwegian company, which recently began producing them for Gepard with subsequent transfer to Ukraine. Now it is necessary to modify the shells, after which they will be tested again in August.