The Brazilian Army completed a live fire demonstration of BAE Systems’ M109A5+ self-propelled howitzers, signalling the introduction of the vehicles into service.
BAE Systems was awarded a $54 million US Government Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract in 2016 to provide 32 upgraded M109A5+ self-propelled howitzers to the Brazilian Army.
As part of the contract, the company has provided the Brazilian Army with technological know-how and support through the lifecycle of the delivered vehicles, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
“The live fire demonstration showcased the M109A5+ howitzer’s advanced technologies for modernizing the Army’s artillery capabilities. It reduces the time needed from target identification to firing over their previous systems, giving the vehicle a “shoot and scoot” capability for better battlefield mobility and improved survivability. This feature involves a digitized fire mission sequencing system, as well as enhanced position and navigation systems, commander’s display unit, digital radios and remotely actuated travel lock,” BAE Systems said.