The transfer of Swedish Archer self-propelled guns to our military was not reported for some time, so as not to spoil the surprise for the Russian occupiers. And just the other day, 1+1 journalists managed to photograph in detail this phenomenal artillery installation in action. In two months of combat use, these self-propelled guns have already destroyed a lot of enemy armored vehicles.
Note that the Swedish armed forces at one time ordered 24 such self-propelled guns from BAE Systems and a third of them, i.e. 8 pieces, were recently transferred to Ukraine. Archer is one of the best 155 mm self-propelled guns.
Its uniqueness lies in the complete automation of the firing process. It deploys from the transport position to the combat installation in just 30 seconds. And in the first 30 seconds it can fire 6 shots. The firing range is 30 km with conventional shells, 40 km with active-reactive shells and 60 km with Excallibur ammunition.
The ballistic computer does all the calculations itself – the operator only needs to enter the coordinates of the target. Moreover, if really necessary, the driver himself can fire a shot. No other self-propelled artillery unit can boast such simplicity and speed of control.
The Archer self-propelled gun is built on the chassis of a Volvo A30D (6×6) mining dump truck. Thanks to the articulated frame, the 14.3 m long machine has excellent maneuverability. The driver’s cabin, as well as the operator’s cabin, is armored according to the STANAG 4569 Level standard and protects both from armor-piercing bullets of the 7.62 x 51 mm cartridge and from mine explosions in TNT equivalent up to 6 kg.
The combat weight of the self-propelled gun is 34 tons. A powerful 9-liter Volvo turbodiesel with 343 hp. With. paired with an automatic transmission, Powertronic accelerates the car to 70 km/h. Thanks to such a flexible chassis, there is excellent cross-country geometry. Ground clearance is 450 mm. The machine can overcome inclines up to 58% and slopes up to 53%.