Germany’s federal government has approved the deployment of 18 RCH-155 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine after two months of deliberations, German news website Welt reported. However, the RCH-155 will be delivered in as little as 30 months.
Welt said Ukraine sent Germany a request for 18 units of the RCH-155 weapon system manufactured by the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) weapons group in mid-July 2022. .
Ukrainian sources say KMW only wanted to start production if there was a clear signal from the federal government that the weapons could be exported to Ukraine. So the RCH-155 he will be delivered within 30 months.
Still, Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnik welcomed the move and hoped the federal government would “make further commitments” as part of the existing KMW proposal for a total of 100 self-propelled howitzers.
The RCH-155 has a Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) barrel on the base of an eight-wheeled military vehicle, the Boxer. Ammunition is also compatible with PzH 2000. Germany has already delivered 10 of these self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine.
So far, Germany has delivered ten self-propelled Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers and three Mars II artillery rocket systems.
—The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 19, 2022
On September 10, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleva accused Germany of ignoring Kyiv’s pleas for the Leopard tank and Marder infantry fighting vehicle, and Berlin expressed “abstract fear” about not providing such military equipment. and excuses,” he said.
His comments show a move by Ukrainian forces to consolidate control over the large northeastern territories recaptured from Russia, prompting renewed pressure from President Volodymyr Zelensky to accelerate the delivery of weapons systems to Western countries. Issued after appealing.
“Not rational arguments as to why these weapons are not supplied, only abstract fears and excuses. What is Berlin afraid of when Kyiv is not,” Kleba said. wrote on twitter.
Signals of disappointment from Germany while Ukraine now needs leopards and merders to liberate its people and save them from genocide. Not a single rational argument as to why these weapons are not supplied, only abstract fears and excuses. What is Berlin afraid of that Kyiv is not?
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) September 13, 2022
During Kleba’s last visit to Berlin, German Foreign Minister Annalena Beerbock promised further military aid and did not deny the delivery of Western main battle tanks. However, no specific information was provided.