The Bundeswehr has started training Ukrainian soldiers on the Panzerhaubitze 2000. The Ministry of Defense in Berlin announced on Wednesday that a total of 18 crews would be trained for the German-Dutch arms delivery to the country attacked by Russia.

The Ukrainian soldiers, technicians and helpers – a total of almost 100 people – had landed at Zweibrücken Airport in a Bundeswehr transport aircraft A400M the evening before and taken to the artillery school in Idar-Oberstein.

To defend against the Russian attack, Germany and the Netherlands want to hand over a total of twelve self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, seven of them from Germany. They are each served by five soldiers.

According to dpa information, the soldiers had started in Poland and were flown to Zweibrücken Airport in a Bundeswehr transport plane that could be tracked on the Internet. According to earlier information, the training should last about 40 days, or less depending on the level of knowledge of the soldiers. You have to learn how to drive the self-propelled howitzer, shoot it and troubleshoot its operation.

The Panzerhaubitze 2000 is a heavy artillery system with a cannon on a tracked vehicle, similar to a tank. It is described by the Bundeswehr as one of the most modern artillery pieces in the world. “Their strength lies in their precision and in their great combat distance,” it says.

With standard ammunition, the self-propelled howitzer achieves 2000 firing distances of 30 kilometers. According to the Bundeswehr, with so-called range-enhanced ammunition, even 40 kilometers are possible. The crew can therefore fire up to six grenades in such a way that they hit at the same time. “The Panzerhaubitze 2000 is one of the most modern artillery pieces in the world. Their strength lies in their precision and in their great fighting distance.

Practitioners explain that, in combination with reconnaissance results, the Ukrainian troops can achieve significant impact hits at greater distances. Supporters of deliveries point out that Europe’s future order could be decided in the Ukraine war. A Russian victory must therefore be prevented. Others warn that Germany could be dragged into the war with such supplies.


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