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Ukraine receives eight Swedish Archer howitzers

Another four are on the way. Archers have a 50 km range with pinpoint accuracy
Swedish artillery Archer
The Swedish 155 mm Archer self-propelled howitzer with Barrakuda camouflage as part of Ukraine’s 45th separate artillery brigade on 3 November 2023
Ukraine receives eight Swedish Archer howitzers

Eight Archer artillery systems provided by the Swedish government have been delivered to Ukraine, Swedish Defense Minister Pal Johnson posted on X (Twitter).

“With a combination of speed, precision and mobility, Archers will contribute to Ukraine taking back lost territory and regaining its freedom. Welcome to the Archer family,” Johnson wrote.

The day before, Ukraine’s Land Forces Commander Oleksandr Syrskyi demonstrated the Archer in service with Ukraine’s Army, in a video on the occasion of the Day of Missile Forces and Artillery. Judging by the video, this self-propelled artillery system is in service with the 45th separate artillery brigade. 

  • The Archer self-propelled artillery system with a 155-mm cannon has an automatic loading system and digital targeting. 
  • It is mounted on a modified truck chassis rather than tracks, enabling rapid strategic movement and deployment. This allows Archer to reposition and adapt faster than traditional tracked self-propelled guns.
  • The fully automated gun system significantly reduces crew size while achieving a high rate of fire up to 8 rounds per minute. It can reload automatically from a large 21-round magazine.
  • Advanced computerized fire control and use of guided munitions like Excalibur projectiles give Archer a 50km range with pinpoint accuracy. It can adjust fire flexible based on the mission.
  • Extremely short reaction and displacement times allow Archer to deploy, fire a mission, and move within just minutes. This improves survivability on the modern battlefield.
  • The armored cabin protects crew from small arms fire and shrapnel.

Sweden’s aid to Ukraine

  • On 6 October, Sweden announced it will send Ukraine a new military aid package worth $199 million, which includes ammunition support.
  • 21 September – Sweden supplied Ukraine with ten Swedish-made Stridsvagn 122 tanks.
  • 12 September – The Swedish Government considered investigating the conditions for sending Gripen fighter jets to Ukraine.
  • 10 September – Ukraine and Sweden announced plans to jointly produce one thousand CV-90 infantry fighting vehicles for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
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