Ground Warfare

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Delivers Archer Howitzer Training Systems to Swedish Army

Swedish Army Receives Last Archer 155mm Self-propelled Howitzer from BAE Systems
Swedish Army Receives Last Archer 155mm Self-propelled Howitzer from BAE Systems

The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) has commissioned Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to supply a further cabin for the Swedish Army’s Archer self-propelled howitzer egress trainer, expanding use of the KMW system already used by CV90 armoured vehicle crews.. The contract signing took place at the Interservice / Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando/Florida. The training unit developed by KMW is capable of accommodating specially manufactured vehicle cabins and simulating rollovers. This allows the crew to train egress while the vehicle is in various orientations.

Components of the contract include the development, manufacture, and integration of an interchangeable ARCHER artillery system cabin for the existing system and an option for additional vehicle cabins. The ARCHER interchangeable cabin will be manufactured by Swedish partner W5 Solutions and is expected to be delivered by the end of 2024. The Swedish Army currently has a total of three vehicle egress trainer systems with which it trains egress from CV90 cabins.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann's rollover and exit trainer
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann’s rollover and exit trainer. (Photo by KMW)

The Archer Artillery System, or Archer – FH77BW L52, or Artillerisystem 08 is a self-propelled gun system for Sweden and Norway. The heart of the system is a fully automated 155 mm/L52 gun howitzer and a M151 Protector remote controlled weapon station mounted on a modified 6×6 chassis of the Volvo A30D, all-terrain articulated hauler. The crew and engine compartment is armoured and the cab is fitted with bullet and fragmentation-resistant windows. The system also includes an ammunition resupply vehicle, a support vehicle, BONUS submunitions and M982 Excalibur guided projectiles.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann is Europe’s leading provider of on-site services for military vehicles, training systems and simulators. The company offers spare parts supply, repair and maintenance, thus ensuring maximum availability of the mission vehicles; at home or on deployment abroad. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann offers a realistic simulation of customer-specific command and control systems which is integrated into the weapon system’s logic. Communication and decision-making are major skills which must be practised for the use of these systems.

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