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Sweden offers 50 CV90 IFVs and 12 Archer self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine.

| 2023

According to the Swedish Prime Minister on January 19, "When the war is at stake, military support is absolutely crucial. The West's support has been of great importance to Ukraine's defense capabilities," Kristersson told reporters at a press conference. Anti-tank weapons and combat robots will also be included in Sweden's latest aid package, the prime minister added.
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CV90 IFV (Picture source: FMV/Swedish defense procurement agency)

Meanwhile, Kiev renewed a call to European allies earlier today to provide its troops with German Leopard tanks. However, Berlin was rumored to not yet allow the export due to the move potentially leading to a direct confrontation with Moscow.


The Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90; Sw. Stridsfordon 90, Strf90) is a family of tracked combat vehicles designed by Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk, FMV), Hägglunds and Bofors during the mid-1980s to early 1990s, entering service in Sweden in the mid-1990s. The CV90 platform design has continuously evolved in steps from Mk0 to the current MkIV with advances in technology and in response to changing battlefield requirements. The Swedish version of the main infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is fitted with a turret from Bofors that is equipped with a 40 mm Bofors autocannon. Export versions are fitted with Hägglunds E-series turrets, armed with either a 30 mm Mk44 or a 35 mm Bushmaster autocannon.

Developed specifically for the Nordic subarctic climate, the vehicle has very good mobility in snow and wetlands while carrying and supporting eight, later versions six, fully equipped dismounted soldiers. Other variants include Forward artillery observation, command and control, anti-aircraft, armored recovery vehicles, electronic warfare and so forth. Currently, 1,280 vehicles in 15 variants are in service with seven user nations, four of which are NATO members, under BAE Systems Hägglunds AB.

Archer self-propelled howitzer

The Archer Artillery System, or Archer – FH77BW L52, or Artillerisystem 08 is a self-propelled gun system for Sweden. The heart of the system is a fully automated 155 mm/L52 gun howitzer and an M151 Protector remote-controlled weapon station mounted on a modified 6×6 chassis of the Volvo A30D, all-terrain articulated hauler. The crew and engine compartment is armoured and the cab is fitted with bullet and fragmentation-resistant windows. The system also includes an ammunition resupply vehicle, a support vehicle, BONUS submunitions and M982 Excalibur guided projectiles.

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Archer self-propelled howitzer (Picture source: Wikipedia)

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