31 Oct '13, 3pm

US Army Orders Dozens of New Mobile Howitzer Systems

US Army Orders Dozens of New Mobile Howitzer Systems

WASHINGTON — BAE Systems got some good news on Oct. 21 when the US Army announced it was awarding a low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract for upgrades to the Paladin PIM self-propelled howitzer program, which service leadership has praised for actually staying on budget and on schedule. On Thursday, BAE added details to that announcement, explaining that the upgrades for the existing system features new chassis, engines, suspension and better survivability than legacy systems, and that the entire deal could be worth up to $688 million if the government exercises all options. As with most other new Army programs, the service has demanded that BAE install a more capable on-board power system to accommodate emerging technologies while leaving enough space for future electronic requirements. The Army plans to purchase 66 vehicle sets, plus spares in upcoming years. The n...

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