BAE have delivered the first production Archer self-propelled 155mm artillery system to the Swedish Defence Material Administration after a long 20 yeardevelopment programme.
What are peoples thoughts on it?
It is modern, has all the sexy features like multiple round simultaneous round impact, low in personnel requirements, can operate completely under armour and I do like the use of a civilian articulated loader (Volvo) as the base vehicle, but on the other hand, it looks rather complex and not sure if the reloading system supports a very high sustained rate of fire. Wonder what the traverse and elevation limits are, and what barrel wear is like?
Seems like a good compromise between the fully tracked armoured self-propelled types and the currently trendy truck mounted systems?
Anyway, have a couple of nice videos…