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The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) led modification programme for the 68 PzH2000 self-propelled howitzers of the Italian Army has been completed.

Cooling systems for the generator and cargo compartment extend the operational spectrum for scenarios characterised by high temperatures while a fire extinguishing system in the crew compartment increases crew safety. Additionally, a set of tools in a “Live Firing Box” enables cleaning and maintenance of the firing mechanisms “in action”.

A close and effective coordination between the participating actors led to the successful completion of all project phases by summer 2020 in accordance with the defined technical and qualitative requirements, time schedule and costs. The systems are now operational in the artillery units under the designation PzH 2000M, a self-propelled howitzer, initially manufactured by KMW/Rheinmetall for the German Army and now in service in a further five NATO states.

Gerhard Heiming