BAE Systems Land and Armaments LP was awarded a contract modification, worth around $228 million, for the production of up to 228 sets of M109A7 self-
The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located in Warren, Michigan.
The contract work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2022.
The M109 is an American 155 mm turreted self-propelled howitzer, first introduced in the early 1960s. The M109 family is the mItost common western indirect-fire support weapon of maneuver brigades of armored and mechanized infantry divisions.
The newest M109 version for U.S. service is the M109A7, formerly known as the M109A6 Paladin Integrated Management (PIM). The M109A7 shares common components with the Bradley Fighting Vehicle such as the engine, transmission, and tracks
The M109A7 can sustain a one-round per-minute rate of fire and a maximum rate of fire of four rounds per-minute.Weighing 78,000 lb (35,000 kg), the M109A7 is 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) heavier than its predecessor, and it has the capacity to grow to 110,000 lb (50,000 kg). Even with the weight increase, the M109A7 can travel faster than previous versions at 38 mph (61 km/h) and is more maneuverable than a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
The M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle (FAASV) is built on the chassis of the M109-series howitzer. It is also colloquially referred to as a “cat” (referring to its nomenclature, CAT: Carrier, Ammunition, Tracked). It replaced the M548 supply vehicle. Unlike the M548, it is armored.
This ammunition vehicle has no turret, but has a taller superstructure to store 95 rounds with a corresponding number of powders and primers. There is a maximum of 92 conventional rounds, 45 each in two racks, and 3 M712 Copperhead rounds.