Armament: Rheinmetall 155 mm L52 Artillery Gun
Capacity: 60 Rounds
Armor: Welded Steel
Weight: 55.8 tons
Length: 11.7 m (38 ft 5 in)
Width: 3.6 m (11 ft 10 in)
Height: 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)
Engine: V-12 D12A-525A 525 hp (391 kW) Diesel
Operational Range: 850 km (530 mi)
Top Speed: 60 km/h (37 mph)
Crew: 5 (Commander, Driver, Gunner and Two Loaders)
The PzH 2000 is one of the most powerful conventional artillery systems in use on the modern battlefield. It is notable for a very high rate of fire. In burst mode the PzH 2000 is capable of firing three rounds in 9 seconds, ten rounds in 56 seconds, and can fire between 10 and 13 rounds per minute at a continued pace indefinitely, as long as the barrel remains cool and ammunition is supplied. The PzH 2000 has automatic support for up to 5 rounds of Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact (MRSI). The replenishment of shells is automated. Two operators can load 60 shells and propelling charges in less than 12 minutes.
Rheinmetall designed the 155 mm 52-calibre JBMOU compliant gun, which is chromium-lined for its entire 8 meter length and includes a muzzle brake on the end. The gun uses a new modular charge system with six charges (five identical), which can be combined to provide the optimal total charge for the range to the target, as well as the conventional bagged charge systems. Primer is loaded separately via a conveyor belt, and the entire loading, laying and clearing is completely automated. The maximum range of the gun is 30 km with the standard L15A2 round (a UK design for FH-70 and stockpiled by Germany for M109G and FH70), about 35 km with base bleed rounds, and at least 40 km with assisted projectiles. In April 2006 a PzH 2000 shot assisted shells (Denel V-Lap) over a distance of 56 km with a probable maximum range of over 60 km. The gun can also fire the SMArt 155 artillery round, which is used by Germany and Greece.
Strong vs: Light Tanks / Medium Tanks / Main Battle Tanks / Infantry Fighting Vehicles / Armored Personnel Carriers / Infantry (Non-Line of Sight), Fortifications, Concentrated Enemy Positions
Weak vs: Light Tanks / Medium Tanks / Main Battle Tanks / Infantry Fighting Vehicles / Armored Personnel Carriers / Infantry (Line of Sight), Attack Helicopters, Attack Aircraft, Anti-Tank Equipped Infantry, Landmines, Improvised Explosive Devices, Cruise Missiles
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