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BAE Systems awarded $149 million more for Paladin vehicle production

BAE Systems was awarded an almost $149 million modification to an earlier contract for production of M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzer vehicle sets, a U.S. Department of Defense release said.

“BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $148,884,392 modification” to a 2017 contract for “early procurement material in support of the M109A7 and M992A3 vehicle production,” the Wednesday, January 31 release said.

Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of November 30, 2022.

The latest contract is a modification of a number of earlier contracts, bringing the total to date to almost $563 million.

The latest contract does not specify the number of vehicle sets to be produced, but the earlier contracts were for 228 vehicle sets. In December, BAE was awarded a $228 million contract modification for 228 new M109 Paladin howitzer vehicle sets for the U.S. Army. This contract modified others from 2017: On March 31, BAE was awarded an almost $134 million contract for early procurement material; and on September 19 a $52 million modification to add additional parts and funding was awarded.

M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle resupplies an M109A6 Paladin howitzer
An M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle resupplies an M109A6 Paladin howitzer in South Korea, March 28, 2017. Image: Capt. Jonathan Camire

Paladin sustainment contracts

Also on January 31, L3 Combat Propulsion Systems was awarded a $55,995,796 modification to a 2015 contract for 120 800HP transmissions – 60 remanufactured transmissions and 60 new transmissions – to support Paladin Integrated Management.

The contract also included 100 800HP remanufactured transmissions and refurbished containers to support requirements for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle System.

Work will be performed in Muskegon, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of October 18, 2018.

A day earlier, BAE Systems was awarded a $26,973,254 modification to a 2016 contract for “system technical support and sustainment systems technical support services for the Paladin Integrated Management family of vehicles,” a DoD release said.

Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of September 30, 2018.

Also on January 30, Raytheon was awarded a $95 million contract for M982 Excalibur long-range precision artillery munitions, which can be fired from the Paladin.

Raytheon awarded $95 million contract for Excalibur precision artillery munition engineering services

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