Sweden, Norway get Archer gun system

March 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM
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KARLSKOGA, Sweden, March 26 (UPI) -- British defense company BAE Systems said it was awarded a $200 million contract to produce a 155-millimeter artillery gun system for Sweden and Norway.

The contract allows BAE Systems to move forward with production of 48 Archer 155mm self-propelled artillery gun systems for the Swedish and Norwegian armed forces.

Mike Smith, managing director of BAE Systems global combat system, said the Archer is a "core area" for his company's future export ambitions.

The Archer gun system is designed for rapid, high-mobility deployment to rough operational theaters.

A digital fire control system lets the Archer respond to calls for fire in 30 seconds. The weapon can deliver concentrated firepower as far away as 25 miles with conventional munitions. Advanced munitions can hit targets as far away as 31 miles, the company said.

The operational Archer gun systems are scheduled for delivery to the Swedish and Norwegian armed forces by October 2011.

Production of the systems by BAE Systems will continue for the next two years, the company said.

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