Bofors Bandkanon 1

     Notes:  The Bankonon (Swedish Army designation Bkan 1) was a Swedish self-propelled artillery piece originally designed in the mid-1960s and placed in service in the late 1960s.  Originally, 70 Bandkanons were to be built, but the budget prohibited this at the time, with only 26 Bandkanonen 1As being produced, with a few later under the 1C variant.  The Bandkonen is noted for its L/52 gun, an exceptionally-long and far-ranging gun for the time, and the fact that the gun was fed from a magazine with a full autoloader, giving it one of the highest rates of fire that any SP artillery piece has ever had. Due to the low numbers of the Bkan present, they were assigned primarily at division level.  The Swedish Army phased out the Bandkanon 1A and 1C in 2003.  The Bkan program resulted from the abortive KRV Tank Project, which was supposed to result in a family of vehicles on the same chassis.  In the end, only the Bkan 1 and S-103 resulted from this initiative.

     The Bkan 1A was the first version.  Until the advent of the Bkan 1C, the original version was simply designated Bkan 1. Though the Bkan 1A had a large chassis, it was given the engine of the S-Tank, which which, on the Bkan, made the vehicle woefully underpowered.

     The 155mm m/60 gun of the Bkan 1 was fed from a 14-round magazine, with one available in the vehicle.  They could be reloaded as a single magazine full of rounds by a special support vehicle.  Special rounds could be loaded into the breech with some help from the autoloader, but this was a difficult and awkward procedure and not used very often.  When fed from the magazine, the gun could fire 14 rounds in under 45 seconds (in game terms, an entire magazine in one 5-second phase), though reloading is a lengthy process taking nearly 10 minutes.  The magazine can also be hand-loaded with help from the autoloader, taking three phases to load one round into the magazine. The Bkan1A had its own crane, allowing it to take a magazine off of itself and take a fresh one from the back of a support vehicle and load itself.The travel lock for the main gun is at the very front of the glacis plate, and is also power-operated. On each side of the glacis at the front are clusters of four smoke grenade launchers.  The commanderís machinegun is the Swedish Army near-standard Ksp m/58.

     The engines were the same as on the S-103A version of the S-Tank; these included the Boeing GT-502 gas turbine developing 300 horsepower, and a Rolls Royce K-60 diesel with 240 horsepower.  The transmission and drive drain were also taken from the S-103A, appropriately modified for the larger chassis and greater number of roadwheels, as well as greater weight.  The use of the S-103Aís drive components and engine led to criticism that the Bkan 1 was underpowered; however, unless an emergency move was being done, high speed was not normally required from the Bkan 1.  In an emergency move or dash move, with both engines operating, the Bkan 1 does have a great deal of power and quick power response.  A by-product of the use of the S-103ís drive train and suspension components is its ability to rock the chassis back and forth, useful for quick azimuth changes and fine tuning.

     The turret of the Bkan 1 is in the rear of the vehicle, though it has limited traverse.  There is a driverís compartment on the front left behind a highly-sloped glacis plate; the turret is divided into three compartments, with the gunner and one loader being on the left, with a hatch above them.  The commander is on the right, and he has a power-operated cupola with a weapon mount on it. The center compartment houses the autoloader and the interface for the magazine. The Bandkanon has an inertial land navigation system that allows it to take somewhat inaccurate shots (-1 to skill rolls) without input from an FDC.

     The Bkan 1C produced primarily automotive improvements, including the use of a unified power pack which can be changed using the appropriate equipment in half an hour.  The engines were upgraded to a Boeing 502-10MA (same power, but less fuel consumption and less maintenance required).  The Bkan 1C had a Detroit Diesel 290-horsepower turbocharged diesel for its main power.  The drive train was modified to being it more in line with the S-103C. The crane was removed, as the support vehicle meant for the Bkan 1C already were standardized with such a crane.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

Bandkonon 1A

$437,021

D, G, AvG, A, JP5

500 kg

52 tons

6

22

Passive IR (D, G, C)

Shielded

Bandkanon 1C

$481,169

D, G, AvG, A, JP5

475 kg

53 tons

6

20

Passive IR (D, G, C)

Shielded

 

Vehicle

Tr Mov*

Com Mov*

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons*

Config

Susp

Armor

Bandkonon 1A

82/58

16/12

1445

358

Trtd

T5

TF19  TS10  TR7  HF24  HS8  HR5

Bandkanon 1C

86/61

18/13

1445

322

Trtd

T5

TF19  TS10  TR7  HF24  HS8  HR5

 

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

Bandkonon 1A/1C

None

None

155mm L/52 m/60 Howitzer, Ksp m/58 (C)

14x155mm, 1000x7.62mm

*If using only the diesel engine, reduce speed by 1/3, and reduce fuel consumption by 1/3.

 

Bofors FH-77AD Archer

     Notes:  This self-propelled gun is part efficiency, part quickness to get into production, and part expediency.  The main purpose was to quickly mechanize the Swedish field howitzers. It is essentially an FH-77 field howitzer mounted on the chassis of a 6x6 all-terrain Volvo truck. In addition to Sweden, the Iranians use the Archer, though how they acquired them is currently a mystery; what is known is that Sweden did not sell them to the Iranians. The deal with the Indians (for both the FH-77BD and FH-77B) was subject to accusations of a kickback and bribery scheme, which is still being resolved. Certain defense officials on both sides and in a cutout company in Argentina are said to be subject to arrest at any time.

     The Archer is mounted at the rear of the truck chassis, and has no real armor protection other than some gun shields on the sides and in the rear.  The gun is an L/38 155mm howitzer, and is essentially the same as the FH-77 field howitzer, modified for its truck mounting.  The remainder of the truck bed is used for ammunition, fuzes, charges, and personal gear and truck pioneer tools.  It is able to fire all types of Western and Chinese 155mm ammunition, including some rather exotic special rounds.  A small amount of space is provided for this purpose.  The gun can be brought into action within 50 seconds of a stop, and brought back to traveling order in 3 minutes.  The Archer has its own land navigation (GPS with inertial navigation backup), along with a mapping computer and module, and an artillery ballistic computer and a GP ruggedized laptop.  It can generate its own firing solutions with coordinates from a FIST team, or without one if the map location of the target is known. Before firing, two beefy spades are lowered at the rear for stabilization.  Note that the howitzer has a limited traverse of 15 degrees in either direction. An option (reflected in the stats below) is a non-rotating cupola with a medium machinegun mounted on a swivel mount.

     The FH-77AD is mounted on a Volvo FM-12 series articulated truck, with 6x6 suspension and the suspension raised and strengthened for itís off-road and artillery-hauling role.  The bed is highly abbreviated, just enough to carry ammunition and personal/truck gear. It is powered by a D12C340 Euro 2 engine and an automatic transmission, developing 460 horsepower. A 15kW APU is provided, which supplies the necessary operating power.

     The FH-77BD is the version sold for export; it has an L/45 barrel instead of the FH-77ADís shorter barrel.

     The cab of the FH-77AD is armored, and the HF armor figure is applied to all angles of fire against the cab, instead of just fire originating from the front of the vehicle. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This work had just begun as the Twilight War commenced, and only about 30 of these vehicles had been manufactured at the outset of the war.  Though production continued at a slow rate during the war, not many more FH-77AD's were made until well after the Twilight War.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

FH-77AD

$544,926

D, A

650 kg

30 tons

6

22

Headlights

Enclosed

FH-77BD

$559,769

D, A

500 kg

30.3 tons

6

22

Headlights

Enclosed

 

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

FH-77AD

136/54

22/12

500

169

Stnd

W(3)

HF4  HS1  HR1

FH-77BD

135/54

22/12

500

171

Stnd

W(3)

HF4  HS1  HR1

 

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

FH-77AD

None

None

155mm L/38 Howitzer, Ksp m/58 (C)

30x155mm, 1000x7.62mm

FH-77BD

None

None

155mm L/45 Howitzer, Ksp m/58 (C)

30x155mm, 1000x7.62mm