The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has received the delivery of its 48th and final Archer 155mm self-propelled howitzer from BAE Systems Bofors.

Earlier this month, the Indirect Fire unit carried out a series of firing tests with the new artillery system at the Test and Evaluation (T&E) site in Karlsborg.

The tests were performed to check whether the new system meets the requirements of the Swedish forces. 

Indirect Fire systems engineer Nora Söderby said: “We fire between 21 and 65 shots per piece, depending on the configuration at these controls.”

The Archer artillery systems have been delivered as part of a contract awarded to BAE Systems in 2010 for the delivery 24 systems each to Norway and Sweden. FMV received the first system in 2015.

The latest delivery marks the beginning of a new phase that involves the procurement of the Archer C prototype.

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FMV and BAE Systems have already signed a contract for the development of the new prototype that is expected to feature a fully accredited IT system, as well as the new LSS Mark tactical management support system.

In a separate development, FMV has placed a new order to procure up to 300 trucks of various configurations from Scania and Volvo.

The estimated value of this order is $44.25m (Skr460m). It includes an additional option for the delivery of 260 vehicles.

Delivery of the vehicles is scheduled to take place between 2023 and 2024.

The trucks are being procured to address the requirement of maintenance vehicles in the logistics chain for all units.

FMV heavy wheeled vehicles programme manager Roger Hillerbo said: “Since earlier this year, there is a new framework agreement for [the] procurement of non-militarised heavy trucks with suppliers Scania and Volvo.”

The new Archer system was also tested and validated by the Indirect Fire unit at the T&E site in Karlsborg, Sweden.