Oto Melara: Italian Army Contract for 70 PZH2000 Self-Propelled Howitzers
(Source : Oto Melara; issued Dec. 17, 2002)


The Consortium formed by Oto Melara, a Finmeccanica company, and Iveco Fiat, on 17th December 2002 signed, in Rome, a contract with the Direzione Generale Armamenti Terrestri for the supply to the Italian Army of 70 self-propelled howitzers, PZH 2000 155/52 mm, with the relative logistic support consisting in training equipments and block guarantee.

The contract is worth more than 500 million Euros and represents another important step of the modernization plan of the Italian Army.

The PZH 2000 self-propelled howitzer has been designed and supplied to the German Army by the Kraus-Maffei-Wegmann company with which the Consorzio Iveco Fiat-Oto Melara has signed an industrial agreement in the frame of a Memorandum Of Understanding signed in the year 2000 between the German and Italian Governments.

These new vehicles shall be produced in Italy and will replace the old M109, thus improving the operational performances with an significant reduction of the personnel today there employed.

The deliveries will start in 2004 and end in 2008.

The contract has been signed by the Director of Direzione Generale Armamenti Terrestri, Gen. Roberto Di Capua, Mr. Carlo Alberto Iardella, Vice President of the Consorzio Iveco Fiat-Oto Melara and C.E.O. of OTO Melara S.p.A. and Mr. Maurizio Fazi, Managing Director of Iveco DVD.

OTO Melara S.p.A., entirely owned by Finmeccanica, is the world leader in the design, development and production of small- and medium-caliber naval guns, and is among Europe's leading manufacturers of army systems.

Organized by product lines, the company has research and development capabilities covering the field from artillery to armored vehicles and from naval munitions to air-defense systems. Its systems integration capabilities, allied with its very advanced know-how, allow the company to offer customers a comprehensive solution. The company, which operates two production facilities at La Spezia and Brescia, booked production sales of 220 million euros in 2001.

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