The U.S. Department of Defense announced that BAE Systems has been awarded a $72,4 million contract for the production and delivery of M109A7 and M992A3 vehicles.
BAE systems also commented on the matter by tweeting: "BAE Systems has won a $72.4 million U.S. Army contract to procure materials to support further production of the M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer".
"the M109A7 will solve long-term readiness and modernization goals, leveraging the most advanced technology available today," Bae systems also noted.
According the U.S. Department of Defense, work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024.
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 M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle is built on the chassis of the M109-series howitzer. The M992A2 serves a the companion of the M109A7 and they together provide increased commonality with the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) found in the Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) with significant built-in growth potential in terms of available electrical power and weight carrying capacity.
• The U.S. @DeptofDefense announces that @BAESystemsInc has been awarded a $72,4 million @USArmy contract for the production and delivery of M109A7 and M992A3 vehicles.
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