Switzerland continues to choose between the German RCH 155 self-propelled guns and the Swedish Archer self-propelled guns

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Switzerland continues to choose between the German RCH 155 self-propelled guns and the Swedish Archer self-propelled guns

Switzerland has not yet finally decided on a new artillery system, which in the future will replace the American M109 tracked self-propelled guns in service with the Swiss army. According to Defense Industry Europe, testing is ongoing.

The Swiss army plans to replace the American M50 self-propelled howitzers, which have been in service for more than 109 years, with more modern, wheeled ones. Last year, the Swiss Federal Office for Defense Procurement made a preliminary selection of three artillery systems: the Swedish Archer 8x8 self-propelled gun from BAE Systems Bofors and the German RCH 155 self-propelled gun from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. Moreover, the latter is offered in two versions: on the Boxer 8x8 and Piranha 8x8 platforms.



At the moment, the Swiss have entered the mobility testing stage, during which they will evaluate selected artillery systems according to various criteria, such as deployment time, movement on roads with different surfaces, maneuverability, etc., etc. The tests will be carried out in four different areas of Switzerland to ensure the objectivity of the results obtained.


The FH77 BW L52 Archer self-propelled howitzer in its basic version is a 155-mm towed FH77 howitzer mounted on a Volvo A30D truck chassis. Self-propelled guns have a firing range of 40 km with standard ammunition, and up to 982 km with special high-precision M60 Excalibur ammunition. Rate of fire - 8 rounds per minute. Mechanized laying is designed for 21 shots. There is the possibility of direct fire. Additionally armed with a remotely controlled combat module mounted on the roof of the truck cab. Highway speed - up to 70 km/h, crew - 3-4 people. The deployment and collapse time in position is 30 seconds.

ACS RCH-155 (Remote Controlled Howitzer 155) is an automated turret artillery module AGMx (Artillerie-Geschütz-Modul) with a 155-mm gun from a PzH 2000 howitzer, placed on the chassis of a GTK Boxer (8x8) wheeled armored personnel carrier. The module is uninhabited, so the calculation of the ACS is only two people. The combat weight of the RCH-155 is 39 tons, the module itself weighs 12,5 tons. Ammunition - 30 rounds per module. The declared range is up to 54 km when firing high-precision projectiles, the rate of fire is 9 rounds per minute.
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    1. -6
      6 November 2023 11: 00
      let them choose any one.... The VSU's blind man's buffs have already proven... that this does not matter much against Russian weapons.
      1. 0
        6 November 2023 14: 58
        If you look at the performance characteristics, then they are definitely Germans.
        Not only does it have a turret with bulletproof armor, but it also has a longer range.
        But in Europe they look more at money. And here it’s definitely the Swedes. A towed cannon is much cheaper.
      2. -3
        6 November 2023 15: 08
        Congratulations, you just found out that absolutely any equipment is destroyed. What's next?
    2. -2
      6 November 2023 11: 03
      What difference does it make - you still have to send them to the outskirts. Why do they need a howitzer in the Alps? Release avalanches if only.
    3. AAK
      +2
      6 November 2023 11: 06
      On the one hand, the German is preferable in terms of the declared combat characteristics, on the other hand, the “Archers” have already been tested by Bandera in battles, in principle, both are very worthy systems, all serial ones (except for the one announced for release, but it is unknown when it will enter service with the “Coalition-SV” ) Russian artillery systems cannot reach these two in any way...
      1. 0
        6 November 2023 11: 16
        Quote: AAK
        There is no way for Russian artillery systems to reach these two...

        “We don’t have many guns that can compare with 155-mm howitzers of Western production,” an officer of the 1st Army Corps with the call sign Klim explains to RIA Novosti. “Except that the Malka self-propelled gun hits an active-reactive gun at 47 kilometers.
        1. 0
          6 November 2023 19: 26
          Only hitting an uncontrolled ARS at 47 km in counter-battery combat is practically useless.
    4. -3
      6 November 2023 11: 09
      Quote: AAK
      There is no way for Russian artillery systems to reach these two...

      The Lancets can reach them perfectly... while the Coalition-SV is traveling...
      1. AAK
        0
        6 November 2023 13: 40
        "Lancets" are reaching - this is good, "Coalition" is "going" - this is bad, but both are true, and who is minus for the truth?
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    6. 0
      6 November 2023 11: 16
      “Neutral” Switzerland has its own worries - they choose between a German and a Swede. And of course they are going to resist Russia. They would quietly make watches and milk chocolate, and not think about self-propelled guns and live in peace.
      1. 0
        6 November 2023 19: 28
        They've forgotten about Swiss cheese.
        Otherwise, don’t give a damn about their watches, and their chocolate, and their cheese.... Without all this you can live calmly and without straining...
    7. Eug
      0
      6 November 2023 11: 23
      According to the characteristics, the “German” seems to be preferable to the “Swedish”. Interesting - is the “Swedish” on a Volvo 6x6 or Rheinmetall 8x8 chassis? And for some reason, the article does not say a word about price or unification with the models currently in service (and in the future too).
    8. 0
      6 November 2023 11: 29
      It went here:
      MOSCOW, October 27 - RIA Novosti, Zakhar Andreev, Andrey Kots. The domestic industry is ready for mass production of the most important system - the Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled artillery mount. This type of weapon has qualities that can radically change the situation at the front. But first, manufacturers have to solve several critical problems...
      ...And there is an important nuance. Despite the 152 mm caliber standard for Russian artillery, the self-propelled gun is not suitable for Soviet-style shells, which are stored and produced in the country in huge quantities.
      The Coalition has a special ammunition - it allows it to reach such a range. Now the defense industry will have to quickly establish the production of new shells.

      https://ria.ru/20231027/svo-1905355655.html
    9. +1
      6 November 2023 11: 59
      It would be more correct to call the Volvo A30D not a truck, but a dump truck; it is a very reliable machine (as a quarry worker should be), its front wheel axle does not turn, the turn is carried out by the entire cabin, also a solution from the “quarry” sphere, also pay attention to the width of the wheels, visually they are 2 times wider than that of the Boxer, and maybe more, so the cross-country ability is in perfect order, the drawback of the Archer is that they use unitary shots (this achieves a high rate of fire), so the range can only be controlled by the angle of the gun...
      1. 0
        6 November 2023 13: 35
        Quote: Max1984
        It would be more correct to call the Volvo A30D not a truck, but a dump truck; it is a very reliable machine (as a quarry worker should be), its front wheel axle does not turn, the turn is carried out by the entire cabin, also a solution from the “quarry” sphere, also pay attention to the width of the wheels, visually they are 2 times wider than that of the Boxer, and maybe more, so the cross-country ability is in perfect order, the drawback of the Archer is that they use unitary shots (this achieves a high rate of fire), so the range can only be controlled by the angle of the gun...

        If Archer really regulates the firing range only by the angle of the gun, this is very, very bad, because the barrel experiences the pressure of a full charge every time. Why wouldn't they divert some of the powder gases bypassing the barrel, thereby lowering the pressure in that very barrel? Moreover, similar technical solutions were used at least in light artillery. During WWI, the British had a rifle attachment for firing grenades, so it had a window with a flap through which excess powder gases escaped. Accordingly, the firing range was regulated by the opening width of this damper. And the Japanese also had the famous “knee mortar” which adjusted the firing range by the size of the chamber.
    10. 0
      6 November 2023 19: 17
      Why the hell are Switzerland so selfish?... will they somehow help her if something happens?...
      1. -1
        6 November 2023 19: 29
        “If something happens,” self-propelled guns will not help any country at all. But for some reason everyone has it.

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