The Croatian Ministry of Defence has loaned three of its 122-mm D-30 howitzers for Afghan Army training activities in the Joint Multinational Training Centre in Hohenfels in Germany.
As the Afghan National Army (ANA) uses D-30 howitzers the centre identified a need that ISAF operational mentor teams be trained in the handling and effective use of this type of weapon. Since the centre in Hohenfels did not have these weapons a request to the Croatian Armed Forces was sent.
The three howitzers that were sent were not taken from a Croatian operational unit but from the reserves. Croatia loaned the howitzers free of charge, for a period of one year, with possibility of extension. The Croatian government identified this as Croatia’s further contribution to the ISAF peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan.
The D-30, or 122-mm howitzer D-30 (GRAU index 2A18), is a Soviet howitzer that first entered service in the 1960s. It is a relatively light and handy weapon despite being heavy enough for sustained long range fire in the field. The D-30 has a maximum range of 15.4 kilometers, or over 21 km using RAP ammunition.
Source: Croatian Ministry of Defence