German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht has announced the delivery of 16 wheeled armoured howitzers from Slovakia to Ukraine for the coming year in a deal Berlin is partly financing.
The systems of the type Zuzana would be produced in Slovakia and financed together with Denmark, Norway and Germany, the minister told public broadcaster ARD after returning from her first trip to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24.
The relevant production facilities are available in Slovakia, Lambrecht said. “This shows how important it is to keep exploring such possibilities together with one’s partners, but then also to implement them,” the minister added.
The Zuzana howitzer is the flagship product of the Slovak defence industry and the only heavy weapon system produced in the country. According to the manufacturer, it can fire all types of NATO ammunition in 155mm calibre.