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FH 77BW  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 23 September 2013
Total Production: 48
Unitary Cost: USD$10.0 million
Also Known As: FH 77BW L52 and FH-77 BW L52 Archer
Origin: Sweden
Corporations: BAE Systems Bofors
Parent System: FH 77
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Total Production: ?
Family Members: FH 77 and FH 77BD L45
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Description: Originally designed as a towed howitzer, the 155mm FH77 39-caliber evolved into a self-propelled howitzer integrated into a 6x6 all-terrain vehicle called the FH 77B. The newest FH 77BD L45 is a highly mobile and extremely powerful, thanks to the use of advanced projectiles such as the BONUS, artillery system.

The FH 77BW is a major upgrade intended for existing FH 77B 39-caliber self-propelled howitzers owned by the Swedish Army. The BW model introduces a new 155mm 52-caliber gun with an automated ammunition handling system. The new gun is also fully compatible with Bonus and Excalibur 155mm projectiles. In addition to the new main gun, the FH 77BW will feature an improved anti-ballistic armor with under-armor crew cockpit to control and fire the 155mm gun. The number of projectiles and propellant charges will be cut to 21 while the howitzer maximum range will increase dramatically reaching 40-mile (65 km).

Two FH 77BW prototypes will be delivered to the Swedish Army in 2005 for technical evaluation. The data collected during these test will lead the Swedish government to take a decision about upgrading FH 77B howitzers to the BW configuration. The Swedish government is also considering the production of 24 Archer to equip two artillery battalions with deliveries due between 2009 and 2011. The Archer will feature a three-man crew versus six to ten on the previous FH 77 gun systems. Archer development is expected to be complete in the 2007-2008 timeframe.

In June 2005, Bofors Defence AB made public that it was teaming up with Tenix Defence of Australia to compete for the replacement of 105mm Hamel and 155mm M198 howitzers in use with the Australian Defence Force in the 2008-10 timeframe. The team proposal comprises the FH-77 BW L52 Archer truck-mounted howitzer along with a towed howitzer based on the FH77B05 platform. The vehicle selected for the Archer was the commercial 6x6 articulated Volvo A30D truck chassis.

FH 77BW Specifications

Ammunition Load: 21
Crew: 4
Wheel Drive: 6x6
Dimensions
Main Gun Caliber: 155 millimeter
Performance
Main Gun Max Range: 65,000 meter (40 mile)
Weight
Combat Weight: 27,000 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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FH 77BW News

There are 12 news between
26 Feb 2004 and 28 Sep 2015
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Monday, September 28, 2015Swedish Army Takes Delivery of First Archer Artillery System
Thursday, September 26, 2013Sweden Takes Delivery of First Four Archer Artillery Systems
Wednesday, January 18, 2012Sigma 30 Navigation and Pointing System Chosen to Modernize French, German and Italian M270s
Friday, February 4, 2011Archer Artillery Systems to Receive Sigma 30 Inertial Reference Unit
Tuesday, August 10, 2010Norway and Sweden Order Common Artillery Fire System ODIN to Support Archer Gun System
Friday, March 26, 2010Sweden and Norway Start Series Production of 48 Archer 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery Gun Systems
Friday, June 12, 2009Swedish Archer Gun System Fires First Excalibur Ib Projectiles
Thursday, January 15, 2009Sweden and Norway to Complete Development of Archer Mobile Artillery System
Wednesday, June 18, 2008Sagem Delivers 1000th SIGMA 30 Gyrolaser Artillery Pointing System
Tuesday, January 30, 2007BAE Systems Receives Contract for Next Phase of Archer Artillery System

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Sweden24
YearHoldings
20144
20134

Grand Total 482
Cannons & Gear
155mm L52x1
Defensive Weapons
BONUSx21
M982 Excaliburx21
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