SWEDISH FMV RE­CEIVES FIRST BATCH OF ARCHER AR­TILLERY SYS­TEM FROM BAE

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The Swedish De­fence Ma­teriel Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FMV) has taken de­liv­ery of the first batch of four FH77 L52 Archer ar­tillery sys­tems un­der con­tract from BAE Sys­tems dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the com­pany’s fa­cil­ity in Karl­skoga, Swe­den. The de­liv­ery fol­lows a $200 mil­lion con­tract se­cured by BAE for sup­ply of a to­tal of 48 ar­tillery sys­tems, in­clud­ing 24 each for the Swedish and Nor­we­gian armed forces, along with as­so­ci­ated am­mu­ni­tion han­dling sys­tems in 2010. FMV Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Lena Erixon said the de­liv­ery is a com­bined ef­fort of Nor­we­gian De­fence Lo­gis­tics Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FLO), BAE Sys­tems Bo­fors and FMV. A de­vel­op­ment of the 155mm towed FH77 L39 sys­tem, the Archer is a fully au­to­mated 155mm how­itzer and a M151 Pro­tec­tor re­mote-con­trolled weapon sta­tion (RCWS) mounted on a mod­i­fied 6x6 chas­sis of Volvo A30D all-ter­rain truck, and is de­signed for rapid de­ploy­ment and high mo­bil­ity in de­mand­ing op­er­a­tional sce­nar­ios.

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