The British Military will obtain fashionable artillery platforms to interchange these provided to Ukraine, as a part of an settlement struck with Sweden. Designed and constructed by BAE Programs Bofors in Sweden, Archer has double the utmost vary of AS90, better operational mobility, better availability and decreased time into motion. Archer fires additional and sooner than any artillery system beforehand in service with the British Military. Operated by 3-4 crew, it has a decrease requirement for personnel than the AS90’s 5, and advantages from the next high pace of 70 kph in comparison with the present 53 kph. The primary 14 Archer artillery programs can be owned by the British Military this month and be totally operational by subsequent April, forming an interim substitute for the 32 AS90 artillery programs the UK gifted to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The acquisition of the Archers from Sweden allows the UK to shortly substitute AS90 till the long-term Cellular Fires Platform delivers later this decade as a part of the Future Soldier modernisation programme. Archer will contribute to the Shut Assist functionality as a part of our dedication to NATO. The settlement has been reached within the area of simply two months, demonstrating agility to obtain at tempo and ship the Military necessities, following the gifting to Ukraine. It additionally emphasises the robust ties with our Swedish allies, who’ve risen to assist the difficult timeframe. The federal government-to-government sale is being negotiated by Defence Gear & Assist – the UK MOD’s procurement arm – and the ultimate contract can be signed with their Swedish counterparts, FMV, shortly. Recognising the necessity to maintain Ukraine’s preventing and assist capabilities, the UK and Sweden have additionally agreed to collaborate on bringing collectively efforts for restore and upkeep of automobiles granted in form to Ukraine.


BAE Systems' ARCHER 155mm Self-propelled Howitzer Shortlisted by Swiss Armed Forces
Prototype of the Archer self-propelled howitzer system primarily based on the Rheinmetall HX2 platform. (BAE Programs)

Lieutenant Basic Sharon Nesmith, Deputy Chief of the Basic Workers mentioned: “Archer is a potent, fashionable artillery system procured at a pace beforehand unseen in Defence. In the present day’s settlement took solely eight weeks to safe and the weapons can be in service with the British Military by subsequent Spring. Archer fires additional and sooner than any artillery system beforehand in service with the British Military – it’s a step change in functionality and fills a spot left by UK assist to Ukraine.”

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace mentioned: “Whereas persevering with to double-down on our unwavering assist for Ukraine, it’s crucial we concurrently replenish our capabilities at house. Archer artillery programs are highly effective, protecting and may be quickly deployed. This settlement with an in depth European ally will maintain the British Military’s necessities till the longer-term Cellular Fires Platform comes into service – a programme we’re working arduous to speed up.”

The Archer Artillery System, or Archer – FH77BW L52, or Artillerisystem 08 is a Swedish self-propelled gun system. The principle piece of the system is a completely automated 155 mm/L52 gun howitzer and a M151 Protector distant managed weapon station mounted on a modified 6×6 chassis of the Volvo A30D all-terrain articulated hauler. In 2019, a brand new configuration of the Archer, with the howitzer mounted on a RMMV HX2 8×8 tactical truck, was revealed. Loading and firing of Archer is dealt with from contained in the armoured cabin, with the unit capable of be deployed into motion in simply 20 seconds and is able to transfer after firing in the identical period of time. Archer can hearth numerous sorts of 155mm artillery ammunition, together with BONUS submunitions and M982 Excalibur guided projectiles. It could actually additionally hearth eight rounds a minute and 4 rounds in a simultaneous impact-mode, that means a number of shells are fired in succession with totally different trajectories so that they hit the identical goal on the identical time.