Contract For 24 PzH 2000 Self-Propelled Howitzers Signed With Greece
(Source : Krauss-Maffei Wegmann; issued July 5, 2001)
On July 5th, 2001, in the Hellenic General Directorate for Armament in Athens, General Director George Koliris and the president of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Dr. Manfred Bode, have signed the procurement contract for 24 self propelled howitzers PzH 2000 and peripheral materiel for its future operation in the Hellenic Army. Delivery will start in 2003 and be concluded in 2004.
This contract between the Hellenic Ministry of Defence and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann demonstrates the excellent mutual relations which have been existing now for more than 20 years with programs such as Leopard 1, M 48, Gunnery Simulators or just recently the ASRAD Hellas procurement with STN and KMW in partnership.
This contract confirms the outstanding technology and user acceptance of PzH 2000 as the most modern artillery system available at this time on the world market. With PzH 2000, Greece enters into the next generation of artillery performance both in technical and tactical matters.
Greece and Germany together will now be the first countries in the world operating this most modern howitzer system. Other countries like Italy and the Netherlands have already selected PzH 2000 and decided its procurement. Contracts are expected to be signed until end of this year. In October 2001, Sweden will start a 2 year "demonstrator program" with PzH 2000. So, PzH 2000 will soon be jointly operated in Europe, supported by a logistic partnership between the user countries.
This makes for essential operational and life cycle cost reductions. Greece will receive the PzH 2000 with a high level of reliability and availability already proven by the German Army during its in service time since 1998 with 185 systems to be delivered until 2002.
The implementation of the program until delivery will also involve several very capable Hellenic industry partners as sub-contractors for co-production work for PzH 2000 on various technological levels.
This will secure the transfer of know-how and labour to the Hellenic industry and it will further intensify the co-operation and partnership between Greece and Germany as European partners.