The German army has decided to purchase a new wheeled self-propelled artillery mount RCH-155 of 155 mm caliber, developed by the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann concern. Soldat&Technik reports this.
The Bundeswehr decided to purchase a batch of the latest wheeled 155-mm self-propelled guns RCH 155 as part of the renewal of artillery units. According to the publication, the Germans have long wanted to put into service a wheeled self-propelled gun that could replace the currently used tracked Panzerhaubitze 2000, but there were no suitable candidates. And then the RCH 155 appeared on wheels, and even with a 155-mm gun from the PzH 2000 howitzer.
In general, they tested the new self-propelled gun and decided that it needed to be purchased. Preliminarily, the Bundeswehr plans to purchase 168 new self-propelled guns; deliveries of the units could begin in 2026 and last until 2031. So far this is all just on paper.
Meanwhile, the first customer of the RCH-155 self-propelled gun was not the Bundeswehr, but the Ukrainian army, which ordered eighteen new self-propelled artillery units capable of striking at a range of over 50 kilometers. The request was sent back in July last year; in September it became known that the German government approved the supply and issued a production license to KMW. The cost of the contract is 216 million euros, but Kyiv will not have to pay anything, everything will be done at Germany’s expense. Deliveries will begin in 2025.
ACS RCH-155 (Remote Controlled Howitzer 155) is an automated turret artillery module AGMx (Artillerie-Geschütz-Modul) with a 155-mm gun from a PzH 2000 howitzer, placed on the chassis of a GTK Boxer (8x8) wheeled armored personnel carrier. The module is uninhabited, so the calculation of the ACS is only two people. The combat weight of the RCH-155 is 39 tons, the module itself weighs 12,5 tons. Ammunition - 30 rounds per module. The declared range is up to 54 km when firing high-precision projectiles, the rate of fire is 9 rounds per minute.