The Swiss authorities has shortlisted BAE Programs’ ARCHER 155mm cellular howitzer as one of many techniques going into the ultimate spherical of competitors for its future artillery system. ARCHER is a totally automated system purpose-built to maintain tempo with fast-moving land forces. It’s designed for fast deployment to shortly reply to threats and ship superior mobility, lethality, and survivability. The Swiss Federal Workplace for Protection Procurement, often known as armasuisse, acquired a number of proposals submitted by a number of firms for the competitors. The Archer Artillery System, or Archer – FH77BW L52, or Artillerisystem 08 is a world mission geared toward creating a next-generation self-propelled gun system for Sweden and Norway.

The ARCHER artillery system can deal with all sorts of 155 mm artillery ammunition, together with superior sensor-fuzed and precision-guided munitions.

“ARCHER is essentially the most superior wheeled 155mm howitzer in operation in the present day and meets the necessities of the Swiss Armed Forces,” mentioned Stefan Löfström, director of selling and gross sales at BAE Programs Bofors in Karlskoga, Sweden. “Per our lengthy historical past of implementing industrial cooperation initiatives around the globe, we’re working with Swiss business to ascertain a mission plan to efficiently fulfill all Swiss necessities.”


 BAE Systems' ARCHER 155mm Self-propelled Howitzer
BAE Programs’ ARCHER 155mm Self-propelled Howitzer

The center of the system is a totally automated 155 mm/L52 gun howitzer and a M151 Protector distant managed weapon station mounted on a all-terrain articulated truck. The crew and engine compartment is armoured and the cab is fitted with bullet and fragmentation- resistant home windows. Operators management all the gun system from the protection of ARCHER’s armored cabin. In solely 20 seconds, the automobile can cease and fireplace its first spherical. After completion of the fireplace mission, ARCHER is on the transfer once more inside 20 seconds. In lower than two minutes, ARCHER can fireplace six rounds, displace, and transfer 500 meters, whereas the crew stays within the armored cabin, making the ARCHER the last word shoot-and-scoot system for soldier and platform survivability.

ARCHER is based on the successful Bofors FH77 field howitzer, consisting of an automated 155 mm 52-calibre gun mounted on a RMMV 8x8 truck.
ARCHER is predicated on the profitable Bofors FH77 discipline howitzer, consisting of an automatic 155 mm 52-calibre gun mounted on a RMMV 8×8 truck.

The automobile platform is a modification of the Rheinmetall MAN Navy Automobiles 8×8 truck. Reloading the journal from the accompanying munitions service takes about 10 minutes utilizing the purpose-built lifting system. The howitzer can use NATO modular prices or Bofors Uniflex 2 modular prices. ARCHER can fireplace the BONUS anti-armor munition as much as 35km, typical munitions as much as 40km, and the precision-guided munition Excalibur in extra of 50km. The automated magazines can maintain a mixture of totally different ammunition varieties and modular prices wanted to help any mission. The modular cost system permits a number of increments of cost to be out there and will increase the gun system’s a number of rounds simultaneous impression (MRSI) functionality and good vary overlap between the increments.