It has been revealed that “work is underway” to replace the AS-90 155mm self-propelled gun.
Mark Francois, Member of Parliament for Wickford, asked via a written Parliamentary question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the expected out-of-service dates of AS-90s; and if he will make a statement on its replacement.”
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, responded:
“The expected out-of-service date for the AS-90 is 2030. Work is underway to identify a replacement to respond to the threats we will face out to the 2050s.”
What is the AS-90?
Artillery, basically. The AS-90 is a 155mm self-propelled gun that entered service with the British Army in 1992. It was designed and built by the Armaments division of Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering , whose parent company became BAE Systems in 1999.
179 have been built for the British Army. Notably, the AS-90 was deployed in Iraq in March 2003.
The gun remains in UK service and will support armoured infantry brigades for the foreseeable future. 134 were in service in 2008, reduced to 117 in 2015. The AS-90 underwent a capability enhancement program in 2008 and 2009, primarily relating to upgrades of the AS-90’s electronic system.