The German government has approved the sale of RCH-155 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sept. 17.
The $216 million deal includes 18 RCH-155 howitzers and spare parts for them, manufactured by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). First delivery is expected in 2025, as KMW was reluctant to begin production before Berlin confirmed the howitzers could be sold to Ukraine.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov discussed the sale of modern German-made weapons with his German counterpart Christine Lambrecht in July.
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, announced Germany’s approval of RCH-155 sale on Sept. 16.
“This will be a major contribution to the might of the Ukrainian army,” Melnyk said.
“I hope the German government will continue along this path.”
According to the ambassador, the deal could potentially expand to include up to 100 of KMW’s howitzers.
RCH-155 is a highly-mobile self-propelled howitzer with the range of 54 kilometers, capable of covering 700 kilometers of distance with the top speed of 100 km/h.
However, Germany declined supplying Ukraine with Leopard-2 main battle tanks on Sept. 12, since “no country has yet provided modern MBTs to Ukraine.”
Berlin later added it would take a long time to train Ukrainian crews to operate Leopard-2 tanks.