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BAE to continue M109A7 production with follow-on contract

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M109A7 self-propelled howitzer. Photo: BAE Systems

LONDON (BNS): BAE Systems received a follow-on contract from the US Army to continue low-rate initial production (LRIP) on the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer and M992A3 ammunition carrier.

The M109A7 provides a significant upgrade over the M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer while allowing for future growth.

"The M109A7 is a significant leap forward in technology for the Field Artillery, addressing the current system shortfalls while providing significant margin for growth to help position the service for the long term," said Adam Zarfoss, director for Artillery and Recovery Systems at BAE Systems, as per the company news release.

BAE Systems was awarded a one-year base contract for the M109A7, formerly the Paladin Integrated Management program, in October 2013.

The current contract is the first of three option year awards to produce an additional 18 vehicle sets - 18 M109A7 howitzers and 18 carrier ammunition, tracked vehicles for approximately USD142 million.

Once all options are exercised, the Army intends to purchase a total of 66.5 vehicle sets plus spares, kits, and technical documentation. One set includes a M109A7 Paladin Self Propelled Howitzer along with its battlefield companion, the M992A3 Carrier Ammunition, Tracked (CAT), the release added.

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