U.S. Army Awards BAE Systems With $249M to Build and Deliver M109A7 Howitzers

 In GDI, USA, Land, Defense

The U.S. Army has award­ed BAE Systems a $249,1 mil­lion to con­tract for the self-pro­pelled how­itzers, accord­ing to a state­ment issued Friday by U.S. Department of Defense.

Under the con­tract mod­i­fi­ca­tion, BAE Systems will build and deliv­er M109A7 self-pro­pelled how­itzers and M992A2 field artillery ammu­ni­tion sup­port vehi­cles for the U.S. Army.

Work will be per­formed in York, Pennsylvania, with an esti­mat­ed com­ple­tion date of Jan. 31, 2023.

The UPI.com has report­ed that under the orig­i­nal con­tract BAE received $133.5 mil­lion for the vehi­cles. In February 2018 the con­trac­tor received $148 mil­lion to pro­cure mate­ri­als to build the vehi­cles. Also, in October, BAE Systems has award­ed a $48 mil­lion con­tract mod­i­fi­ca­tion to sup­port pro­duc­ing of M109A7 artillery system.

The M109A7 is the latest how­itzer in the BAE Systems M109 family of vehi­cles, the pri­ma­ry indi­rect fire sup­port system for the ABCTs. It uses the exist­ing main arma­ment and cab struc­ture of a Paladin M109A6, and replaces the vehicle’s chas­sis com­po­nents with modem com­po­nents common to the Bradley vehi­cle. The improved chas­sis struc­ture pro­vides greater sur­viv­abil­i­ty and com­mon­al­i­ty with the exist­ing sys­tems in the ABCT, reduc­ing oper­a­tional sus­tain­abil­i­ty costs by replac­ing obso­lete com­po­nents.

The M109A7 is sup­port­ed by the Army as a vital tech­nol­o­gy enhance­ment pro­gram to main­tain the combat capa­bil­i­ty of its ABCTs. The M109A7 will solve long-term readi­ness and mod­ern­iza­tion needs of the M109 family of vehi­cles through a crit­i­cal redesign and pro­duc­tion plan that lever­ages the most advanced tech­nol­o­gy avail­able today. This state-of-the-art “dig­i­tal back­bone” and power gen­er­a­tion capa­bil­i­ty pro­vides a more robust, sur­viv­able and respon­sive indi­rect fire sup­port capa­bil­i­ty for ABCT Soldiers.

The M109A7 is con­sid­ered to be the most cost-effec­tive method to sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve sus­tain­abil­i­ty and sur­viv­abil­i­ty, while reduc­ing the logis­tics burden on the ABCT and sup­port­ing fires brigades.

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Source: Defence Blog

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