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Denmark's rapid artillery upgrade: Israeli systems bolster defense

Self-propelled howitzer ATMOS delivered to Denmark
Self-propelled howitzer ATMOS delivered to Denmark
Images source: © Elbit Systems

5:47 PM EDT, May 29, 2024

According to information from the Janes portal, Danish authorities are rapidly filling the gap created by transferring CAESAR self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. The ATMOS 2000 and PULS systems ordered from Israel are already being delivered to the Scandinavian country but will not immediately achieve combat readiness. What capabilities does this weaponry offer?

The decision to transfer 19 CAESAR self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine translated into tangible benefits for Ukraine, but it generated controversy among Danish politicians from the start. Some warned that finding a replacement for the transferred weapons would take several years. However, it seems the search may end much sooner than anticipated.

ATMOS 2000 and PULS in the Danish Army

Denmark was supposed to receive all the ordered PULS systems (eight units) along with the majority of the ammunition, although initial reports indicated that the process would take until at least 2026. Additionally, the Israeli company Elbit Systems was expected to deliver the first batch of ATMOS 2000 systems (Danish authorities ordered as many as 19).

ATMOS 2000 (Autonomous Truck Mounted Howitzer System) is a self-propelled howitzer that utilizes well-known NATO elements - a 155 mm caliber and Tatra truck chassis in a 6x6 or 8x8 drive configuration. It also features a 315 HP engine which, overall, provides good mobility and enables this system to travel at speeds of up to 50 mph. The manufacturer claims that the ATMOS 2000 provides a firing range of about 25 miles and a rate of fire of up to 8 rounds per minute.

PULS (Precise & Universal Launching System) is a multiple rocket launcher. It stands out with its two rotating launch containers (each holding 18 rockets), from which various types of ammunition can be launched, in calibers ranging from 122 mm to 370 mm. The maximum range is between approximately 25 miles to even up to 186 miles.

The equipment is here, but Danes still have a lot of work to do

Janes portal's information showcases Elbit Systems' capabilities. The Israelis are fulfilling the agreements ahead of schedule, even in the face of the tense situation in the country and operations against Hamas.

However, this does not change the fact that the Danes still have a lot of work ahead of them. The received equipment must be adapted for service in the Danish army, which means, among other things, eliminating differences between the IT systems used by Elbit Systems and the Danish Armed Forces. The beginning of combat readiness is estimated for 2025. In addition, as previously explained by Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen, the cost of acquiring and preparing Israeli weapons for service will be higher than initially anticipated. Additional expenditures may exceed 106 million dollars.

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