Russia Says 6 Types of Western Aid Howitzers For Ukraine Did Not Work Because of Trivial Problems

Russia Says 6 Types of Western Aid Howitzers For Ukraine Did Not Work Because of Trivial Problems
Russia Says 6 Types of Western Aid Howitzers For Ukraine Did Not Work Because of Trivial Problems

Moscow - There are at least 6 models of self-propelled howitzers Western countries aid for Ukraine that did not function in the war against Russia. The list of the six howitzers was purportedly published by Ukrainian media and circulated on several Russian Telegram channels.

The list also lists the problems that occur with six howitzer weapons technologies experienced by the Ukrainian armed forces. However, BulgarianMilitary said it could not find any Ukrainian media that published the list (individually or in its entirety), as claimed by the Russian Telegram channel. According to information on the list, the Ukrainian army is having problems with the US-supplied M777 towing howitzer.

The M777 howitzer did not retract the barrel after frequent firing. After 30 shots, according to the list, the bolt wedge needed serious maintenance. This condition made Ukraine deactivate the cannon. So the problems faced are actually trivial but have a serious impact, namely excessive use and lack of care.

There were also problems with the M109 howitzer, as the loading sealing ring caught fire frequently. Problems were also found in one Italian (FH70) and one German (PzH 2000) howitzer. The Italian FH70 often reduces nitrogen pressure in the weapon balancing mechanism. Whereas the German PzH 2000 had problems with some electronic devices such as the monitor control unit overheating.

Ukraine has also identified another problem with the PzH 2000, a fast failure of the obturator ring and filling system. The last two weapon systems on the list are the Polish Krab howitzer and the French Caesar. The Howitzer Krab often breaks the shaft on the bolt wedge guard under heavy fire. The same thing happens with wedge bolts.

on the French Caesar howitzer, the guide block spontaneously failed. Ukraine also encountered another problem with the Howitzer Caesar, namely the miscalculation of the aiming program: the first shot was always under 600-800 meters.

Although there is no concrete evidence that proves the problem, it can happen. An intense artillery war is being waged in Ukraine, and the loading of weapons systems is logical. Both by Ukrainian artillery and by Russian artillery. Moreover, the German media published in late July an issue on the German self-propelled artillery PzH 2000, which was used in Ukraine.

Spiegel later wrote that Kiev notified the Defense Ministry in Berlin that some of the seven Panzerhaubitze 2000 guns delivered in late June showed faults after intense shelling of Russian positions, indicating that some of the howitzers needed repair.

The Bundeswehr points out that the problem is related to the high rate of fire used by the Ukrainian armed forces in the fight against the Russian invaders. As a result, the howitzer loading mechanism is subjected to enormous stress. Firing 100 rounds a day is considered a high-intensity mission, but Ukraine appears to be firing more rounds. In addition, it is said that the soldiers on the front line initially tried to fire special ammunition at too long a distance.

Spiegel also reported that new problems had arisen with reloading ammunition for the Gepard anti-aircraft tanks, the first of five systems recently delivered to Ukraine. According to Spiegel, during a test fire in Germany, it turned out that the Gepard firing system was not compatible with the Norwegian manufacturer's ammunition, so the bullets had to be repaired and modified.

Howitzers are a form of field artillery. Howitzers differ from other types of artillery guns in their firing trajectory. The howitzer fires at a high angle and has enormous destructive power due to the projectiles it launches. The name Howitzer comes from the Czech word houfnice, a 15th-century cannon used by the Hussites in the Hussite wars. In the Big Indonesian Dictionary, the Howitzer is a long-barreled and high-fired cannon.

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