BAE Systems has received a contract modification to provide additional M109A7 self-propelled howitzers and M992A3 Carrier, Ammunition, Tracked (CAT) vehicles to the US Army.
The contract is valued at up to $249m and calls for the supply of 60 self-propelled howitzers to maintain artillery capabilities of the Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCTs).
BAE Systems Combat Vehicles vice-president and general manager Jeremy Tondreault said: “We are excited about the opportunity to continue bringing new howitzers and increased survivability to our soldiers.
“The M109A7 positions the army to execute its current mission with confidence and support its future needs and requirements as long-range precision fires evolve.”
The US Army exercised options available under an existing low-rate production contract.
The vehicle design features a new engine, chassis, suspension, transmission, and steering system for improved survivability and performance on the battlefield.
M109A7 represents an improvement over the M109A6 Paladin tracked armoured vehicle.
The M109A7 and CAT are intended to replace the M109A6 Paladin vehicle and the M992A2 field artillery ammunition supply vehicle (FAASV) respectively.
The self-propelled howitzer supports growth potential for emerging technologies. The system is built to provide responsive indirect fire support for soldiers assigned to ABCT.
Work will be performed at the company’s combat vehicles manufacturing sites.
BAE Systems will complete the production contract work by 31 January 2023. The contract also includes related support.
The company was awarded the initial contract for the production of the M109A7 howitzers and M992A3 CAT vehicles.
The latest order brings the cumulative value of the contract to $1.16bn.