Norwegian M109A3 howitzer cannons have been deployed in the fighting in Ukraine and hit the Russian forces with great precision said by the Ukrainian defense chief on Facebook.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine four-star general Valerii Zaluzhnyi spread photos of Norwegian M109A3 Self-propelled Howitzers, that use in russian-Ukrainian war.
According to the Valerii Zaluzhnyi Facebook, M109A3 self-propelled howitzers, provided as part of Norway’s international technical assistance, are already at the frontline, hitting targets with high accuracy and destroying the enemy.
“As my artillerymen note, the key difference between these guns against soviet models is that they are made for people. Despite the fact that these self-propelled howitzers were manufactured in the 1960s and 1970s, they already have a steering wheel instead of levers, and instead of a mechanical gearbox – the automatic one. For the wintertime, when the hull icing is possible, the designers rubbed it lightly so that the crew did not slip. Soldiers rejoiced even with such simple elements as baskets for personal belongings welded on the edges of the turret”- said the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In terms of technical characteristics, M109A3 howitzers have a larger caliber and more powerful ammunition compared to Soviet alternatives. The firing range is up to 22 km. But according to the Valerii Zaluzhnyi in the future, we can use active rocket projectiles that will increase this range. Experienced artillerymen also note the convenience of propellant charges that are sealed and absolutely identical, which affects the accuracy of fire.
He also emphasized: “My people easily mastered M109A3 in one week. I am sincerely grateful to the Norwegian People for their effective assistance! I expect further support of partner nations in the assets for the fire engagement of the enemy, whose advantage in artillery and multiple launch rocket systems is the main reason for our losses. Without the immediate supply of long-range artillery and MLRS, we find it increasingly difficult to deter the aggressor”.