French-Swedish order for series production of BONUS

French-Swedish order for series production
of BONUS

The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has awarded Bofors
Weapon Systems AB, Sweden, and the French company GIAT Industries,
a contract for series production of the intelligent artillery shell
designated BONUS. The negotiations were conducted in close co-operation
with Direction Général l'Armament (DGA) the French equivalent to FMV. FMV
is the contract signee for both countries requirements.

This now signed contract for series production of the BONUS shell is the
result of many years of R&D work performed by both of the above companies,
within the framework of a joint Industrial Co-operation Agreement signed
between France and Sweden at the beginning of the 1990's.

BONUS is a top-attack field artillery shell for combating armored targets
such as Main Battle Tanks and other armored vehicles. The shell is fired
from a great distance away in to the target area, where it ejects
submunitions each projectile at it from above.

The Parties have contracted to purchase 9000 BONUS shells. The total cost
for the programme, including development, tests and trials is 2 700 MSEK.
DGA and FMV will each bear their own costs in proportion to the quantities
ordered by their respective countries. Deliveries will commence towards
the end of the year 2001, and the final delivery will be made in year
2008.

For further information, please contact:
Mikko Hellemaa, Project Manager at FMV tel +46 8 782 4208
Lars Wigert, Information Director, FMV tel +46 70 582 6385
Magnus Ingesson, President, mobile +46 70 521 2776
Bofors Weapon Systems AB

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