Polish Krab howitzers are prepared for deployment to front lines – Reznikov

9 June, 04:54 PM
Polish Krab self-propelled howitzer (Photo:Armatohaubica — AHS Krab 155mm/facebook.com)

Polish Krab self-propelled howitzer (Photo:Armatohaubica — AHS Krab 155mm/facebook.com)

Ukraine now has Polish Krab self-propelled howitzers ready and in service with the army to help the country fight off Russia’s invasion forces, Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine’s defense minister, said on June 9.

“I’m glad to announce that Polish Krab self-propelled howitzers are ready to execute military assignments on the frontlines,” Reznikov wrote on his Facebook page.

“After the M777 and FH70 cannons, after the Caesar and M109A3 self-propelled howitzers, this becomes as a 5th artillery model of the 155-mm caliber that we’ve managed to obtain.”

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Krab howitzers are NATO-standard artillery pieces with a maximum firing range of 40 kilometers. Originally designed in 2000, these howitzers went through several iterations of improvements to their chassis and their speed capacities. Their turrets were also technically upgraded in 2017, making these howitzers into advanced, smart 155-mm artillery pieces.

In terms of operation, Krabs are somewhat similar to the U.S.-made M190A3 howitzers that the Ukrainian army already uses.

According to Reznikov, the Ministry of Defense has already supplied to the army as many as 150 artillery weapons with the 155-mm caliber.

“We have rockets of this caliber stored, and their number already exceeds by 10% the number of analogous Soviet rockets that we also have, as of Feb. 24 data,” Reznikov added.

“Modern rockets are more effective than Soviet ones, so you use fewer of them.”

At the same time, Ukraine’s Armed Forces have been supplied with up to 50 units of artillery with other long-range calibers, along with rockets and ammunition. This is up to 75% of Ukraine’s pre-war artillery force.

Moreover, since the beginning of the war, Ukraine received dozens of multiple rocket launchers of older types and tens of thousands of rockets for them, as well as hundreds of mortars with all the required ammunition.

“For 155-mm artillery, the Ministry of Defense has met the Armed Forces’ request with a fulfillment rate of 90%,” Reznikov said.

“We’ll reach 100% in the next one or two weeks. But the situation on the battlefields changes all the time, so our needs are going to grow.”

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