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US Army exercises $339m option for further M109 howitzers, CATs

M109 howitzer
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The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a $339 million contract modification for the delivery of further 48 vehicle sets of the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer and its companion, the M992A3 carrier, ammunition, tracked (CAT) vehicle.

The M109A7 SPH and M992A3 CAT vehicle set is a program enhancement for increased combat capability and sustainment of the army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCTs).

Compared to the M109A6, the new M109A7 provides a more robust, survivable, and responsive indirect fire support capability for ABCT Soldiers. According to BAE, the M109A7 enhances reliability, maintainability, performance, responsiveness, lethality, and crew survivability.

The initial contract was awarded in 2017 for low-rate production. This most recent order brings the total number of M109A7 and M992A3 vehicle sets to 204, with a total contract value of $1.5 billion. The award follows the army’s decision, announced in February, to start full-rate production of the vehicle.