BAE Systems announced Wednesday that it has won a $72.4 million U.S. Army contract to procure materials to support further production of the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer and companion M992A3 ammunition carrier vehicle.
The company said that the self-propelled howitzer will solve long-term readiness and modernization goals, leveraging the most advanced technology available today. The M109A7 is the latest howitzer in the BAE Systems M109 family of vehicles, and the primary indirect fire support system for armored brigade combat teams (ABCT). The advanced version of the M109 howitzer uses the main armament and cab structure of a Paladin M109A6, and replaces the vehicle’s chassis components with modem components common to the Bradley vehicle. The improved chassis structure provides greater survivability and commonality with the existing systems in the ABCT, reducing operational sustainability costs by replacing obsolete components, according to BAE.