BAE Systems has received a contract to supply upgraded M109A5+ self-propelled howitzers to the Brazilian Army.
Under the $54m contract, the company will overhaul and upgrade 32 self-propelled howitzers to the M109A5+ configuration.
The vehicle will be upgraded with navigation and weapons control systems, a commander’s display unit, digital capable radios, and a remotely activated travel lock.
The upgrade will significantly enhance the army’s artillery capabilities, the company said in a statement.
It is also expected to improve the time from receipt of mission to the firing of the mission by more than 80% over previous variants.
BAE Systems Combat Vehicles business Programs vice-president Dean Medland said: “This contract is a great example of the strong relationship developed with the army over many years and our close cooperation with the Brazilian military.
“We look forward to continuing to support Brazil’s objectives of transferring technological know-how, participation, and the development of local industry, as well as the adaptation of solutions to Brazilian requirements.”
The contract also covers delivery of spares and training as well as live fire support and field service support following delivery.
Production of the upgraded howitzers will begin in October, with vehicle deliveries beginning in 2018.
Final deliveries and the beginning of training and support in Brazil are expected to take place by the end of 2018.
BAE Systems has been working on the Brazilian Army's upgrade of its M113B vehicles to the M113A2 Mk1 configuration for the past four years.
To date, the company has delivered more than 150 renovated vehicles and is now upgrading 236 additional M113B systems.
Image: BAE Systems will upgrade Brazilian Army's self-propelled howitzers to the M109A5+ configuration. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.