BRATISLAVA, ($1=0.92 Euros) — Slovakia and Ukraine are negotiating the acquisition of a 155mm self-propelled howitzer Suzana 2 from Kyiv. The initiative comes from Bratislava, which affords Kyiv the “final heavy weapon” produced by the Slovak protection trade. The talks have been confirmed by Slovak Protection Minister Jaroslav Nad.
The net portal DennikN writes that if the deal is accomplished, Slovakia can have made the most important export to the Slovak arms trade in 30 years. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that the Slovak manufacturing of tanks and fight automobiles has lengthy since ended [in the 1990s], however Suzana 2 is a venture that has obtained funding from the state. The one buyer of this self-propelled howitzer is Greece, which purchased 12 models however donated them to Cyprus.
The Zuzana and Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzers are licensed manufacturing of the Czechoslovak DANA howitzers, which was a 152mm howitzer however was upgraded to 155mm by Western requirements.
Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzer
Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzer [SPH] has been in service with the Slovak military from the late Nineteen Nineties till at the moment. Aside from Slovakia, Cyprus is the opposite operator of this howitzer mannequin.
The Slovaks describe this howitzer as “a cannon mounted on a Tatra truck that may shoot over a hill”. It weighs simply over 28 tons and has a complete size of 13 meters. The chassis is a modified Tatra 8×8. The crew of Zuzana 2 consists of three troopers. With a single refueling of the gas tank, the howitzer can journey a most distance of 750 km. High pace is simply over 80 km / h [50 mph].
The weapon of the self-propelled howitzer consists of a 155mm predominant gun, 52 calibers. The preliminary variety of ammunition loaded with the cannon is 40 projectiles, and the howitzer can hearth six of them in a single minute. Loading projectiles in Zuzana 2 is totally computerized. The utmost operational vary is 40 km, the best vary is 33 km, and the minimal operational vary for hitting a goal is simply over 5 km. The turret traverse is 360 ° and the elevation / despair is + 70 ° / -3,5 °.
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