BAE Systems awarded $53 million contract to upgrade Brazilian M109A5 howitzers

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British defense manufacturer BAE Systems has been awarded a $53 million foreign military sales contract from Brazil to upgrade and repair 32 M109A5 self-propelled howitzers (SPH) which are in service with the Brazilian Army.

Information released on the website of the U.S. Department of Defense said: “Work will be performed in multiple locations, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2019. Fiscal 2010 other funds in the amount of $53,868,769 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.”

In June 2014, Brazil requested a $110 million FMS for M109A5+ upgrade kits and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

The M109A5 SPH has a maximum range of 22 kilometers with unassisted projectiles and 30 kilometers with rocket assisted projectiles. The A5+ kit mainly upgrades the fire control and other critical components.