German KMW company is going to modernize Lithuania’s PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers (SPH) under a contract worth €10.5 million. The SPHs were acquired in 2015.
A contract has been signed between NATO Support & Procurement Agency and German KMW to modernize 16 PzH 2000 howitzers, along with two training vehicles.
The negotiation procedure concerning the acquisition of the surplus Bundeswehr howitzers has been taking place since the early 2015. In September 2015 the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence announced that an agreement has been signed with the German MoD, concerning the procurement of 21 155 mm PzH 2000 SPHs, at that time being a property of the Bundeswehr. 16 howitzers are to have an operational status, while the remaining ones would be used for the purposes of training and as a source of spare parts.
The agreement also includes procurement of 26 M577 V2 command vehicles, 6 BPZ2 technical support platforms, along with a training package. The transaction value is estimated to reach €58.3 million. 16.2 million euros were to be paid.
PzH 2000 howitzers are to be delivered to Lithuania between 2016 and 2019.