The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and BAE Techniques Bofors signed a letter of intent (LOI) to determine an extra Archer 8×8 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) battalion. Sweden’s 24 extra Archer will likely be mounted on the Rheinmetall MAN Navy Autos (RMMV) HX2 8×8 truck, seen displayed at Eurosatory 2022. The unique ARCHER, first delivered to the Swedish Armed Forces in 2013, is mounted on a Volvo A30 6X6 articulated hauler. The LOI was signed by BAE Techniques Bofors managing director Lena Gillström and Brigadier Basic Mikael Frisell, director of land programs on the FMV on 15 June. This letter of intent lays out the trail for added Archers in keeping with the Swedish Complete Defence Technique 2021–25.

ARCHER relies on the profitable Bofors FH77 discipline howitzer, consisting of an automatic
155 mm 52-calibre gun mounted on a RMMV 8×8 truck. (Photograph by BAE Techniques Bofors)

BAE Techniques is unveiling a brand new ARCHER Cell Howitzer at Eurosatory 2022 that’s extremely adaptable to various terrains and battlefield circumstances, giving it the flexibleness wanted to fulfill a variety of mission necessities for militaries around the globe. The hot button is a modular design that enables it to be built-in onto completely different truck chassis after which seamlessly launched into present automobile fleets. The ARCHER’s modularity makes it a cheap resolution that gives essential battlefield capabilities. This new worldwide model of the ARCHER may be simply built-in onto a wide range of completely different chassis, permitting the shopper to specify the automobile finest suited to their wants.


Mikael Frisell, Head of  FMV, and Lena Gillström, CEO of BAE Systems Bofors at Eurosatory June 2022.
Mikael Frisell, Head of FMV, and Lena Gillström, CEO of BAE Techniques Bofors at Eurosatory June 2022. (Photograph by BAE Techniques Bofors)

The automobile platform is a modification of the Rheinmetall MAN Navy Autos 8×8 truck. Reloading the journal from the accompanying munitions service takes about 10 minutes utilizing the purpose-built lifting gadget. The howitzer can use NATO modular costs or Bofors Uniflex 2 modular costs. ARCHER can hearth 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 completely different ammunition varieties and modular costs wanted to assist any mission. The modular cost system permits a number of increments of cost to be obtainable and will increase the gun system’s a number of rounds simultaneous impression (MRSI) functionality and good vary overlap between the increments.

The ARCHER artillery system can handle all types of 155 mm artillery ammunition, including advanced sensor-fuzed and precision-guided munitions.
The ARCHER artillery system can deal with all forms of 155 mm artillery
ammunition, together with superior sensor-fuzed and precision-guided munitions. (Photograph by BAE Techniques Bofors)

The center of the system is a completely 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 your entire gun system from the security of ARCHER’s armored cabin. In solely 20 seconds, the automobile can cease and hearth its first spherical. After completion of the hearth mission, ARCHER is on the transfer once more inside 20 seconds. In lower than two minutes, ARCHER can hearth six rounds, displace, and transfer 500 meters, whereas the crew stays within the armored cabin, making the ARCHER the final word shoot-and-scoot system for soldier and platform survivability.

BAE Systems' ARCHER 155mm Self-propelled Howitzer Shortlisted by Swiss Armed Forces
BAE Techniques’ ARCHER 155mm Self-propelled Howitzer Shortlisted by Swiss Armed Forces. (Photograph by BAE Techniques Bofors)