The German government has agreed to the sale of 18 RCH-155 self-propelled howitzers, following a Ukrainian request two months ago.
German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported that the contract for the supply of 18 RCH 155 howitzers with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann is valued at EUR 216 million.
The procurement was discussed by the defence ministers of Ukraine and Germany, Oleksii Reznikov and Christine Lambrecht, back in mid-July.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrii Melnyk confirmed on 16 September that the German government had given the green light to the sale of the RCH-155.
“This will be a significant contribution to strengthening the effectiveness of the Ukrainian military. I hope that the federal government will continue to consistently follow this path,” the ambassador said, and added that he hoped for the approval of further similar contracts.
Produced by German defence company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, the RCH 155 (Remote Controlled Howitzer) is based on the wheeled chassis of the Boxer 8×8 armoured vehicle and is equipped with a 155mm 52 calibre gun.
Delivery of the artillery systems is expected in early 2025.