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This marks the third time the Army has ordered BONUS, which defeats heavily armored targets and can be fired from any 155-millimeter artillery system, including the Army’s M109 family of self-propelled howitzers and M777 Towed Ultra-Lightweight Howitzers.

The Army has already qualified BONUS, which carries two smart munitions with advanced target-seeking sensors making its mission success per round significantly higher than with traditional ammunition. Once deployed, the two sensor-fuzed munitions independently seek and neutralize targets within an area of up to 32,000 square meters.

“The proven reliability and mission success of BONUS makes it an ideal solution for the U.S. Army as it continues to invest in advanced technological capabilities for its forces,” said Lena Gillström, managing director of BAE Systems Bofors, which is based in Karlskoga, Sweden and manufactures the munition. “This additional BONUS order shows continued confidence in our precision-guided munitions capabilities.”

BONUS is also capable of being fired from BAE Systems’ 155mm ARCHER Mobile Howitzer, which is currently in operation with the Swedish Army. ARCHER recently demonstrated its capabilities during a “shoot off” evaluation hosted by the U.S. Army as it explores the possibility of adding wheeled howitzers to its fleet.

The Army acquires BONUS through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), which provides effective and cost efficient multinational solutions to the allied nations and their partners. BONUS was jointly developed with industry partner Nexter Systems, which is based in France and supplies subsystems for the munition. Other countries using BONUS are Finland, France, Norway, and Sweden.

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