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Army contracts BAE Systems for state-of-the-art howitzers

Yesterday, BAE Systems announced that it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive & Armaments Command for the procurement and fabrication of five prototype M109A6 Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) self-propelled howitzer vehicles and two prototype M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles (FAASV). The value of the contract is $63.9 million.

Paladin PIM incorporates a state-of-the-art “digital backbone” and robust power generation capability. PIM also integrates electric elevation and traverse drives, electric rammer and a digital fire control system.

“The Paladin provides critical fire support for soldiers in the Heavy Brigade Combat Team, ” said Joe McCarthy, vice president and general manager, Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) Systems for BAE Systems. “The PIM program will ensure that this essential fire support system remains sustainable through its projected life beyond the year 2050.”

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