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Modernisation of the Italian mobile artillery units, still equipped with the old M109L, has led the Italian Army to acquire 70 new Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann Panzerhaubitze (PZH) 2000 through a license production program run by the OTO MELARA IVECO DVD consortium and started mid 2003.
Made up of a large box-shaped turret covering almost two-thirds of the length of a Leopard derived hull and the full width of the chassis, the PZH 2000 is currently being built also for German, Dutch and Greek armies.
Powered by a hull-front MTU BB1 supercharged diesel engine with 736 kwh (1000 HP) it has a battle weight of 55 t, max speed of 65 km/h, road range of 420 km.
Main armament is a Rheinmetall 155M L52 gun which can fire up to a range of 30 to 40 km depending on the type of the ammunition. The sustained rate of fire (12 rounds per minute, or 3 rounds in ten seconds) allows every P2H2000 to concentrate on the objective, in a lapse of some tens of seconds, the equivalent of rounds fired in the past by a whole battery.

Dimensions:
Total lenght:        11,90 m
Width:            3,50 m
Height:        3,35 m

Crew:            5

Future development:
Probable utilisation of the long-range, high precision guided munitions presently being developed by Oto Melara for both the Italian and Dutch armies in the frame of the “Vulcano” project.

 

 

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