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​Giving Dozens of Self-propelled Artillery to Ukraine, the UK Closes This Gap with One of the Coolest Artillery Systems

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Archer self-propelled artillery system / Photo credit: Bofors
Archer self-propelled artillery system / Photo credit: Bofors

Great Britain will supply the Armed Forces of Ukraine with dozens of its AS-90 self-propelled guns and is already working to close this gap and strengthen its army with new artillery systems

It seems that Sweden could help the British to cover a capability gap caused by donating AS90 howitzers to Ukraine, Shepard reports.

Great Britain can replenish its self-propelled guns fleet with Swedish 155-mm Archer self-propelled artillery systems - according to reports, soon Great Britain and Sweden may officially announce an intergovernmental agreement.

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It is noted that in general, the British army plans to receive a fairly small number of BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155mm/52cal self-propelled artillery systems from - from six to eight units.

In addition, the publication hints that perhaps the Archer self-propelled guns for Great Britain will have a different chassis, because they mention that the Swedish Ministry of Defense recently concluded a contract with Bofors for the supply of Archer self-propelled guns based on the Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles HX-series 8×8 track.

A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles HX2 (8×8) platform, Giving Dozens of Self-propelled Artillery to Ukraine, The UK Closes This Gap with One of the Coolest Artillery Systems, Defense Express
A Swedish BAE Systems Bofors Archer 155 mm/52 artillery system integrated onto a German Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) HX2 (8×8) platform

We will remind that in general, Great Britain plans to transfer to Ukraine about 30 AS-90 self-propelled guns, together with Challenger 2 tanks, as well as FV430 Mk3 Bulldog armored personnel carriers.

FV430 Mk3 Bulldog armored personnel carrier, Giving Dozens of Self-propelled Artillery to Ukraine, The UK Closes This Gap with One of the Coolest Artillery Systems, Defense Express
FV430 Mk3 Bulldog armored personnel carrier

At the same time, at the beginning of this year, it became known that the Swedish Archer self-propelled artillery system was announced as part of the tenth package of defense assistance to Ukraine from Sweden.

Archer self-propelled self-propelled artillery system, Giving Dozens of Self-propelled Artillery to Ukraine, The UK Closes This Gap with One of the Coolest Artillery Systems, Defense Express
Archer self-propelled self-propelled artillery system

As Defense Express reported, Sweden Joined the "Tank Coalition" For Ukraine in the New Support Package

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