FH-77 BW L52

Manufacturer: Bofors Defence AB  
Product type: Armoured Vehicles  
Name: Self-propelled howitzer  

Part of Archer system.

A wheeled, self-propelled 155 mm L52 automatic howitzer has been developed, based on the successful towed FH77 B.

The new FH 77 BW L52 howitzer will have state-of-the-art tactical and technical performance.


The range is 40 km with today’s ammunition and 60 km with the M982 Excalibur. Holding 40 onboard rounds, of which 20 are in a fully automated magazine. The entire crew is protected by armour in combat. The crew consists of 3-4 men.

The gun can reach road-speeds of up to 70 km/hand can be air-transportable in the new A 400 M aeroplane, “Europe’s Hercules“. Most of the existing FH 77 B weapon system is retained.

FH77BW L52

is an ideal artillery system of the next generation of self-propelled gun due to:

  • good transportability in terrain, on country roads, by rail or air

  • excellent protection for the relatively small crew

  • very high weapon performance regarding range, precision and effect

  • new methods for effective fire are introduced, e.g. MRSI

  • interoperable with western artillery standards

  • and very low operational and maintenance costs compared with other existing artillery systems


  • Salvo: 3 rounds in 15 seconds

  • Intensive fire: 20 rounds (a full magazine) in 2.5 minutes

  • Continuous fire: 75 rounds an hour

  • Multiple Round Simultaneous Impact, MRSI, up to 6 rounds

  • Direct-sighting for ranges up to 2,000 metres

  • Secondary weaponry: Grenade launcher or machine gun

  • Mobility in snow up to 100 cm

  • Maximum road speed: 70 km/h

  • Transportable by rail in accordance with the European profile

  • Transportable by air with, among others, A 400 M

  • Armouring equivalent to a tracked armoured vehicle, re-enforced min protection and NBC protection for the crew

  • Integrated command, fire control and communication system with internal fire control.

Property Value
Main weapon caliber (mm)
Barrel length (calibres)
Number of drive wheels
Number of wheels
Weight (kg)
Ammunition of the main gun

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FH-77 BW L52
FH-77 BW L52