Sweden and Norway Sign Cooperative Agreement for the Development of the Archer Artillery System

  • (Source: Swedish Defence Materiel Agency, FMV)
  • 12:00 AM, November 5, 2008
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>The Archer truck-mounted howitzer is becoming the focus of expanded defense cooperation between Norway and Sweden. (FMV photo)The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) and its Norwegian equivalent FLO signed a cooperative agreement last week regarding development of the Archer system and acquisition of the sensor/weapon station Protector. The development of Archer will be ongoing until 2010 and the first serial delivery is planned for the autumn of 2011.>> When Hkan Espmark from FMV and Asle Kjelsberg from FLO signed the agreement it was the first step in an intensified cooperation between Sweden and Norway in areas such as artillery. The time being it is a question of two contracts: an agreement on joint development of the Archer artillery system and an agreement to procure the Norwegian remote-controlled sensor and weapon platform Protector.>> Several agreements are in the pipeline: one on the procurement and one on the maintenance of Archer, one in the field of artillery ammunition, and one regarding a joint control and management system for indirect fire.>> This is the beginning of the fulfilment of the MoU that was signed by the countries in May 2007, says Hkan Espmark, head of Land Procurement at FMV. I am looking forward to intensive and fruitful cooperation within these two cooperative agreements and those that will come in 2009, says Asle Kjelsberg, head of FLO Investment.>> Development work is now proceeding until 2010. FMV and FLO will begin negotiations with the Supplier BAE Systems Bofors on the assignment to complete the development and delivery of the series of Archer artillery systems.
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