In October 2013, the British defense company, BAE Systems, was awarded with a one year minimum, $688 Million contract which called for the production of M109A7 Howitzer. Granted by the United States Army, the contract’s main purpose is to replace the previously used M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers. The new M109A7 has significant upgrades over the M109A6 Paladin as the unit will have more space, less weight, power cooling, and more capabilities with current technology.
On November 3rd, 2014 BAE Systems was once again given a contract by the United States Government but this time as a follow on contract of the October 2013 contract. Worth a total of approximately $142 Million, the new contract calls for BAE Systems to produce 18 more vehicle sets. The sets include 18 M109A7 Howitzers and 18 carrier ammunition, tracked vehicles. As the current contract is the first of three option year awards, once all options have been implemented, the United States Army will end up purchasing 66.5 vehicle sets plus spares, kits, and technical documentation. BAE Systems expects to have full range production at the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama, BAE’s facility in York, Pennsylvania, and also at the company’s facility in Elgin, Oklahoma.
The United States Army can expect a delivery date of the first M109A7 in early 2015. BAE Systems plc is a British company specializing in multinational defense, security, and aerospace. Headquartered in London, the Publically Limited Company employees over 88,000 people worldwide and has met over $22 Billion in yearly revenues. The company is ranked as one of the top 100 United States Government contractors primarily providing services and solutions in Defense and Aerospace.
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