On July 7, 2023 Ukrainian media reported that Slovakia and Ukraine had reached an agreement to supply 16 advanced Zuzana 2 155mm 8×8 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine.

This is an important milestone in defense cooperation between Slovakia and Ukraine. Slovakia is committed to increasing the amilitary arsenal for Ukraine in the context of the war entering a fierce stage. Previously, Ukraine and Slovakia had planned to cooperate in the development of a new type of self-propelled howitzer. The new howitzer will be an evolution of the EVA, a Slovakian self-propelled howitzer that was first introduced to the public at a 2015 defense exposition in Slovakia.

Since the war in Ukraine, Slovakia has supplied eight Zuzana 2 155mm howitzers to the Ukrainian army, which is currently in active service on the front lines against Russian forces. The Zuzana 2, a superior version of the original Zuzana 155 mm gun, is a brainchild of the renowned Slovak Company Konstrukta Defence. This upgraded version features a new 155mm 52 caliber gun and offers enhanced firing capabilities with a multiple-round simultaneous impact (MRSI) functionality.

The Zuzana 2 was unveiled for the first time to the public in May 2011 during the International Exhibition of Defence and Security Technologies in the Czech Republic. The new howitzer is based on a TATRA 8×8 truck chassis with the driver compartment and a turret mounted in the middle of the chassis.

The turret is armed with one 155mm/52 caliber gun able to fire all NATO artillery ammunition. The gun can be operated in automatic mode with a rate of fire of five rounds per minute or in manual mode with 2 rounds per minute. This artillery vehicle can fire projectiles at a minimum range of 5 km and a maximum range of 41 km with long-range artillery projectiles. The gun can be used for direct and indirect fire and the vehicle can carry up to 40 ready-to-fire projectiles and 40 powder charges.

The Zuzana 2 has a crew of four and provides ballistic protection STANAG 4569 Level against the firing of small arms 7.62mm caliber and mine protection Level 1, against fragments of artillery shells. The Zuzana 2 is fitted with thermal weapon sight and night vision to provide an enhanced field of view during low light/night operations. The vehicle also incorporates an onboard fire control system (FCS) to enable easy operation with digital maps, as well as an inertial navigation system (INS), a muzzle velocity radar, and electronic equipment for providing target information.

The Zuzana 2 is powered by a Tatra T3D-928 8 cylinders diesel engine developing 325 kW at 1,800 rpm coupled to a Tatra 14 TS 210L-N gearbox. The vehicle can run at a maximum road speed of 90 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 650 km.

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