Rheinmetall to Manufacture Main Armament, Subsystems for Hungarian Army’s New PzH 2000 SPHs and Leopard 2 MBTs

Rheinmetall has won an order to produce the main armament and other subsystems for Leopard 2 main battle tanks and PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers ordered by the Hungarian Army.

Under the €300 million contract recently signed, Rheinmetall will produce the main armament and fire control technology for 44 Leopard 2 main battle tanks as well as the main armament, fire control technology and chassis for 24 PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers. The package also encompasses thirteen HX and TGS logistic trucks.

Delivery on the order is scheduled to begin in 2021 and will be completed in 2025.

Rheinmetall has partnered with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to carry out the project. In December 2018, KMW won an order from the Hungarian armed forces for 44 new Leopard 2A7+ tanks and 24 new PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers. This will make Hungary the 19th Leopard 2 user nation and the eighth nation to opt for the PzH2000.

As well as having design authority, Rheinmetall is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the 120mm smoothbore technology used in all versions of the Leopard 2 tank and the 155mm L52 main gun of the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer. The Group also developed the chassis of the PzH self-propelled howitzer.

The higher-pressure 120mm L55A1 gun earmarked for the Leopard 2A7+ was successfully qualified at the end of 2017, and already supplied and installed for two Leopard 2 user nations in mid 2018. Moreover, the L55A1 tank gun is capable of firing the programmable DM11 multipurpose round.

A German Army (Deutsches Heer) Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tank (MBT) firing her Rheinmetall 120 mm L/55 smoothbore gun. German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) Photo.
A Dutch Panzerhaubitze 2000 155 mm self-propelled howitzer fires a round in Afghanistan. Gerben van Es/Ministerie van Defensie

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