The Netherlands Sign Contract For PzH 2000 Self-Propelled Howitzers
(Source : Krauss Maffei Wegmann ; issued May 1, 2002)
On May 1st, 2002 in The Hague, The Netherlands, the Directeur Materieel, Major General W.H. Zoomers, and the president of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Dr. Manfred Bode as well as KMW member of the board, Dr. Werner Zimni, have signed the procurement contract for 57 PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers and peripheral equipment for its future operation in the Royal Netherlands Army. Delivery will start in 2004 and be concluded in 2009.
In The Netherlands, the PzH 2000 is to replace the older systems M 114 and M 109, which no longer meet today's battlefield requirements for artillery systems. By being selected, PzH 2000 beat off competitors from the USA, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
This contract between The Netherlands and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann again underlines the excellent relations, which have been existing for several decades with programs like Leopard 1, Leopard 2, Cheetah, Fennek and Simulators or just recently the trilateral GTK/MRAV/ PWV Multi-Role Armored Vehicle development. These good relations are now being enhanced to the field of artillery systems as well.
The contract confirms the outstanding technology and user acceptance of PzH 2000 as the most modern artillery system at this time available on the world market. With PzH 2000, The Netherlands enters into the next generation of artillery performance both in technical and tactical matters.
NATO partner Italy, too, has already selected PzH 2000 and decided its procurement. Contracts may be signed as well within this year. Sweden has started a 2 years "Demonstrator Program" with PzH 2000 since October 2001. So, PzH 2000 will soon be jointly operated in Europe, logistically supported by a logistic partnership between the user countries. This makes for essential operational and life cycle cost reductions.
The Netherlands will receive the PzH 2000 with a high level of reliability and availability, proven by the German Army during its in service time since 1998 with 185 systems to be delivered until 2002. Greece's 24 PzH 2000 systems will be delivered between 2003 and 2004.
The implementation of the program will also involve very capable Dutch industry partners as subcontractors for coproduction work for PzH 2000 on various technological levels.
KMW is proud having received the confidence of yet another user country for PzH 2000, which already now can be considered as the standard howitzer of the future.
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According to the company, the program has strong support from the Army and equally strong bipartisan support from Congress because it is on schedule, meeting or exceeding the Army's performance expectations and on budget, a record of accomplishment that is not shared by a number of other defense programs currently under review. In addition, the company said the Army intends to field the Crusader as an essential part of its future combat force because it will accelerate the Army's transformation and strengthen our nation's defense capabilities.
According to United Defense President and CEO Tom Rabaut, "We believe the Army continues to strongly support Crusader because it meets a critical need for its transformation."
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