BAE Systems has received a $299 million contract from the US Army to produce 40 sets of the M109A7 self-propelled howitzers and their companion, the M992A3 ammunition carriers.
The award, received on July 1, the company says, is for production, delivery and spare parts for these vehicle sets.
“The M109A7 is the latest howitzer in the BAE Systems M109 family of vehicles and is the primary indirect fire support system for the Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT). The M109A7 program provides increased uniformity through the ABCT and has significant built-in growth potential for electrical power and weight capacity.
“Providing the most robust, resilient and responsive indirect fire support capabilities for ABCT is one of the primary goals of our artillery program,” said Scott Davis, vice president of ground vehicles for BAE Systems’ Combat Mission Systems business.
“We are committed to delivering a vehicle that will provide the modernized capabilities ABCT needs to execute missions with confidence.”
BAE adds in a press release that the M109A7 program is “a significant improvement over the vehicle’s predecessor, the M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer”.
The M109A7 vehicle design features a new chassis, engine, transmission, suspension, steering system, new high-voltage architecture, and improved survivability.
BAE Systems received the initial contract for M109A7 production in 2017. This most recent order brings the total number of vehicle sets – M109A7 Howitzers and M992A3 Carrier, Munition, Tracked (CAT) vehicle sets to 310 and the value contract total of $1.9 billion.
Production and support of the M109A7 and M992A3 takes place at Anniston Army Depot, Alabama and at BAE Systems facilities in York, Pennsylvania; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Endicott, NY; Elgin, Okla., and Aiken, SC.