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Friday, June 21st, 2024

U.S. Army taps BAE Systems to continue howitzer, ammunition carrier production with $418M contract

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BAE Systems will continue production first begun in 2017, thanks to a new $418 million contract with the United States Army for sets of M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzers and M992A3 ammunition carriers.

That contract will run through 2025, ultimately supplying the military with the most current howitzer from BAE Systems’ M109 family of vehicles. The item is also the primary indirect fire support system for the Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT), thanks to its size, weight, power, cooling, protective capabilities, survivability and engineering overhauls for the battlefield that included extended range cannon assemblies. To date, the government has spent $2.5 billion on these howitzers and their companions.

“This contract furthers our commitment to helping the U.S. Army meet its mission needs,”
Dan Furber, director of ground vehicle production for BAE Systems’ Combat Mission Systems business, said. “The battlefield is constantly changing, but the ABCT can feel assured in the indirect fire support capability this vehicle provides.”

Both the M109A7 and M992A3 will be produced and supported by work at the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama and BAE Systems facilities in York, Pennsylvania; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Endicott, New York; Elgin, Oklahoma; and Aiken, South Carolina.