KMW delivers first two PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Hungarian army
As reported by Yusuf Cetiner in OvertDefense.com on August 23, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) delivered the first two of the 24 German-made PzH2000 self-propelled howitzers to the Hungarian Armed Forces.
At the György Klapka barracks located in the town of Tata in Hungary, the first SPH arrived on the night of August 10 and the second on the night of August 17. The artillery systems joined the MH 25th György Klapka Infantry Brigade’s 101st Artillery Division.
As recalled by Yusuf Cetiner, the PzH 2000s were delivered as part of a $1.8 billion contract signed on December 19, 2018, with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) as part of the Hungarian Armed Forces’ (Magyar Honvédség) ground forces modernization process.
The contract calls for the delivery of 44 newly manufactured Leopard 2 A7+ main battle tanks and 24 newly manufactured PzH 2000 units. Hungary also ordered 12 used Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks for training purposes, as well as a Leguan bridge layer tank from KMW’s stock, as part of the contract. Hungary received all 12 used Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks in 2020 while the first delivery of 44 new Leopard 2A7+ tanks is expected to take place in June 2023. These systems will replace the country’s arsenal of outdated Soviet-era systems.