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Armed Forces of Ukraine operate 26 Dana M2 self-propelled howitzers

By Defence Industry Europe

The Czech Republic has bolstered the Armed Forces of Ukraine by delivering 26 Dana M2 self-propelled artillery systems. The Dana M2 is equipped with a 152mm caliber cannon and can fire special shells with a range of up to 25km.

 

The artillery system impressively reaches up to 18.7 km with standard shells and extends to 25 km using rocket-assisted projectiles. It features a rapid-fire rate of up to 5 shots per minute and holds a magazine capacity of 50 rounds. Each Dana-M2 requires a five-person crew.

Designed on a Tatra 8×8 wheeled chassis, the Dana M2 artillery system is powered by a Tatra engine coupled with a 5-speed transmission. This allows the SPH to achieve a top speed of 25km/h off-road and up to 90km/h on roadways.

The initial integration of the Dana M2 self-propeleld howitzers into the Ukrainian Armed Forces was noted in April 2022. Ukraine’s acquisition of the Dana M2 was intended as an interim solution to enhance the mobility of its artillery units. This involved transitioning from towed artillery to self-propelled systems like the domestically produced 2S22 Bogdana 155 mm artillery system. However, the decision to retain the Soviet-standard caliber was influenced by Ukraine’s existing ammunition stocks and its production capabilities.

 

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