PzH 2000 A1, PanzerHaubitze 2000 A1 is German-born 155mm self-propelled artillery system.
I think the PzH 2000 is Germany’s iconic self-propelled gun and worth seeing in the game.
Hope to see this in-game in the near future.
In 1987, Germany BWB (now BAAINBw) launched a project for the new SPG because the PzH 155-1 project was failed.
Consortium South(Krauss-Maffei, Porsche, KUKA) and North (Weggman,MaK-Kiel) have enter the project.
South consortium built a six-wheeled hull made of components of Leopard 2; the North consortium built seven-wheeled hull and used Leopard 1’s technology.
As a drivetrain for both prototypes, MTU’s engine and RENK’s transmission were used.
Weapon systems were provided by Rheinmetall.
During the development phase and comparative studies, the WTD and army actively participated to test prototypes, provide advice to companies, and implement necessary decisions at the beginning of the project.
North consortium takes contract because of better ammunition flow and turret system.
Between 1991 and 1993, four similar prototypes were built (PT01 to PT04) by North consortium. The hull was built at MaK and the turrets at Wegmann.
From September 1993 to march 1995, driving dynamics and performance, weapons, navigation system, weather condition and etc… tests were went on.
During the test, the vehicle was exposed to extreme weather ranging from -30° to +50° , fired 17,400 rounds and travelled 20,000km on and off road.
On march 14 1996, the German Ministry of Defence issued a production contract for a first lot of 185 PzH 2000s to Wegmann & Co. The contract had a value of DM 1.7 billion.
Wegmann served as a prime contractor for the project. but in 1999 the company merged with Krauss-Maffei to become Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG.
The first series-production vehicle rolled out on 01 July 1998, and it delivered to the ArtLehrBtl 345 in Kusel.
At the same time, when the last series-production vehicle was fielded, KWS (combat capability improvement) program was implemented and all vehicles were modified into A1 version.
Therefore, all currently operating PzH 2000s of Bundeswehr are not less then A1 versions.
Part of improvements was an automatic air pressure governor for the rammer of auto-loading system, which replaced a manual one. and strap system of the driver’s seat was replaced by a new one. most important thing is all the vehicles were fitted with a more powerfull data processing unit for the operating and control system.
- 5 Crew ( Commander, Driver, Gunner, Loader, Loader)
Rheinmetall 155mm L/52 Howitzer, JBMOU compatible
Horizontal 360°, Vertical -2.5° to +65°
V0 945m/s (L15A1, 6 Charges)
3 Rounds in 10sec, Up to 12 rds/min
60 Ready projectiles, Stored in the hull
288 Moduler charges, Separately stored in 48 cylinders at back of turret by 3 sliding doors
- 7.62mm MG at turret roof, 1,200 rounds
Protected by welded armor, Up to 14.5mm MG and 152mm shrapnel
Add-on 60mm “Hedgehog Armor”, to protect hull & turret’s roof from shaped charge bomblet
76mm Smoke grenade x8
11.7m / 3.5m / 3.4m (L / W / H)
57.6t with add-on armor (55.8t without add-on armor)
MTU MT 881 Ka-500 (736 kW, 1,000 PS at 2,700rpm)
RENK HSWL 284C (Max 62km/h, Forward 4 / Reverse 2)
TN 80 Tank sight
x8, up to 2,000m
DM702 “SMArt 155” DPICM
Other NATO Standard munitions
DM72 / DM92 High-zone Modular Charge
DM82 Low-zone Modular Charge
File:Panzerhaubitze 2000 Dachschutz.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
Panzerhaubitze 2000 PzH 2000 A1 Walkaround | Panzerhaubitze … | Flickr
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PzH 2000 02 - KNDS
Panzerhaubitze 2000 A1/A2, Tankograd in Detail: Fast Track 14, 2015