Germany, Denmark and Norway have agreed to finance $90.2 million to buy 16 Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzers for Ukraine, expected to be delivered from next year.
The German Ministry of Defense announced on October 2 that Germany, Denmark and Norway have agreed to a joint funding of 92 million euros (about 90.2 million USD) to buy 16 Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzers for Ukraine. These guns will be manufactured in Slovakia and are expected to be delivered from 2023, but the exact date has not been announced.
The Slovak Ministry of Defense announced on June 2 that Konstrukta Defense had signed a contract to sell eight Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzers. It is not clear when these grenades will be delivered and whether they will be among the 16 Zuzana 2 guns received by three. European country funding or not.
Commitments to support new weapons from three European countries have not yet met Ukraine’s tank requirements. The country repeatedly asked Germany to hand over Leopard main battle tanks, but the government of Prime Minister Olaf Scholz refused.
Scholz said Germany did not want to “go it alone” in supplying arms to Ukraine and would make a decision only after consulting with its Western allies. German officials confirmed that so far no country has supplied Western-made main tanks to Ukraine.
Speaking on ARD channel, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht defended Germany’s decision to transfer weapons to Ukraine, saying Berlin is doing a lot to support Kiev. “We will continue to engage in different ways and once again work with our partners as we have done before.”
Lambrecht also affirmed that Germany will not become a direct party to the conflict in Ukraine. “That’s very clear to the German government as well as to NATO as a whole. We will not become a belligerent,” Ms Lambrecht said.
After Russia launched a military campaign in February, many Western countries donated weapons to Ukraine. Germany has transferred to Ukraine 24 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, 10 PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers and many other weapons and military supplies. In addition, Germany also provided finance for Denmark to upgrade 54 M113 armored personnel carriers to send to Ukraine.
The Slovak Army is operating 16 self-propelled howitzers Zuzana 2 155 mm mounted on the body of Tatar 8×8. The Zuzana 2 variant has a 360-degree rotating turret, an armored cabin and a crew of three, one less than the old variant thanks to automation.
Zuzana 2 cannon can hit targets at a distance of nearly 40 km with a rate of fire of 5-6 rounds per minute. The cannon can run at a speed of 80 km/h and has a maximum travel distance of 750 km.
Nguyen Tien (Theo AFP)