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BAE Systems to start M109A7 FRP

3rd January 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems has received a contract from the US Army to begin full-rate production of M109A7 self-propelled howitzer and M992A3 ammunition carrier vehicles.

The contract includes an initial $413.7 million award to execute the third and final option for low rate initial production on the programme. It also includes additional options that would begin the full-rate production phase, bringing the cumulative value of the award to approximately $1.7 billion if exercised.

The company will initially produce 48 vehicle sets, with the options calling for 60 sets per year for approximately three years of deliveries thereafter during full-rate production.

The M109A7 programme is an upgrade over the vehicle’s predecessor, the M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer. The modernised M109A7 uses the existing main armament and cab structure of the M109A6, but replaces the chassis structure with a new design that increases survivability and allows for the integration of drive-train and suspension components common to the Bradley vehicle.

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