The Armed Forces of Ukraine have awarded the Czech company Excalibur Army a contract for the supply of 26 DANA M2 self-propelled howitzers. According to the Mil.in.ua website, the contract is valued at more than $40 million. Under the contract, Ukraine will receive upgraded 152 mm self-propelled artillery which were in service with the Czech Army.
The howitzer has been designed to provide fire support, neutralize enemy firing positions and destroy enemy positions by indirect fire. It is ranked amongst the most traditional and well-proven artillery systems due to the extensive in-service history and production that commenced in the 1970s. Around 800 of the howitzers have been produced.
The DANA M2 howitzer is equipped with an Onboard Control System which contains subsystems of diagnostics, navigation, automatic gun aiming, autonomous calculation of shooting elements and ammunition selection. Thanks to a new, more resistant cabin and the NBC filtration system, the DANA M2 is said to provide the crew with optimum comfort and protection. The newly implemented automatic guiding system allows fast and fully-automatic weapon adjustment into fire position.