Ukraine has developed a new indigenous 155-mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer named Bohdana, announced Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine.
According to the Secretary, the new self-propelled howitzer is being tested at the Zhytomyr proving ground of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The crucial characteristics of the weapon system are high mobility, precision, high range capability, and high speed of fire. The system can hit a target at a distance of up to 60 kilometers. The maximum rate of fire is reportedly 6 rounds per minute.
The system is mounted on a KrAZ 6×6 high-mobility tactical vehicle designed and built by Ukrainian PJSC AutoKrAZ.
Turchynov also noticed that the new self-propelled howitzer “has a NATO 155-mm caliber”. “There were no weapons of such caliber in our Armed Forces, neither were they in the Soviet Army nor does it exist in the modern Russian army”, he said.
He added that both the gun control system and the technology for its production at the Ukrainian defense enterprises meet the NATO standards.