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BONUS  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 9,000
Unitary Cost: USD$40,000
Origin: France and Sweden
Corporations: NEXTER and United Defense
Parent System: BONUS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 9,000
Total Cost: USD$360 million
Family Members: BONUS Mk II
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Description: BONUS is a 155mm projectile designed to counter stationary or moving armored vehicles with pinpoint accuracy and reduced collateral damage. The BONUS is being produced by Bofors Defence and GIAT Industries. The BONUS shell is fully compatible with any 155mm diameter howitzer/gun. According to current plans, production of BONUS baseline variant will be complete in 2007. The BONUS artillery shell contains two top-attack sensor-fuzed munitions with explosively formed penetrator warheads. Once fired, the BONUS releases its 2 IR-guided munitions which start to search for potential targets at 175 meters of altitude within an area of 32,000 square meters while they are going down at 45 m/s. When the BONUS munitions confirms a potential target, it strikes downward with its explosively formed penetrator warhead to hit the target's roof where the armor is weakest.

Each BONUS munition weighs 6,5 kg, has a diameter of 138mm, and is able to pierce out to 100mm of armor. They rotate 15 times per second searching for targets while descending. The BONUS guidance system combines an IR imaging system and a laser altimeter. The BONUS fired from a 52 calibers gun has a maximum range of 35 km (27km for a 39 calibers gun). The French government has ordered 6,000 BONUS with an option for 1,000 additional units. The government of Sweden ordered 3,000 BONUS artillery shells. The French Armament Procurement Agency DGA and Swedish Defense Materiel Administration FMV are contracting activities carried out under the BONUS program.

As of June 2004, more than 1,000 BONUS rounds have already been delivered to the Armed Forces of France and Sweden. Both armies are conducting extensive operational testing at locations in Sweden and France to validate the weapon. In 2006 GIAT Industries was already working on a new variant of Bonus known as 155 BONUS IM fitted with non-sensitive explosive. BONUS IM was targeted at UK MoD requirements for IFPA (Indirect Fire Precision Attack).

BONUS Applications


Artillery Systems Caesar FH 77BD L45 FH 77BW GCT AUF2 Cannons & Gear 155mm L52

BONUS Specifications

Dimensions
Caliber: 155 millimeter
Length: 898 millimeter (35.4 inch)
Performance
Max Range: 35,000 meter (18.9 nautical mile)
Min Range: 27,000 meter (14.6 nautical mile)
Piercing in Armor: 100 millimeter
Weight
Weight: 45 kilogram (98 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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BONUS News

There are 3 news between
26 Feb 2004 and 26 Mar 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010Sweden and Norway Start Series Production of 48 Archer 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery Gun Systems
Wednesday, January 19, 2005The US Army to Evaluate Bonus Projectile
Thursday, February 26, 2004Bofors Defence to Develop 52-Caliber FH 77B

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
France6,000
Sweden3,000

Grand Total 9,0002
 
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