The Brazilian Army has taken delivery of thirty two refurbished and modernised M109 A5 BR-Plus self-propelled Howitzers and five M88A1 recovery vehicles from BAE systems.
Local media has reported that the Brazilian Army acquired these surplus vehicle stocks from the United States in 2014 in order to bolster its mobile artillery and armored recovery capacity.
The acquisitions were managed through the United States’ Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programs.
The USD$54 million modernisation package implemented by BAE systems includes an overhaul of the vehicles targeting systems and the integration of modern communications and radar systems provided by contractors Harris and Thales.
The effort to retrofit these vehicle stocks is part of a wider Brazilian Army initiative to improve the overall readiness and efficacy of its armored fleets.
Under the terms of the contract, BAE Systems were to overhaul and upgrade 32 self-propelled howitzers to the M109A5+ configuration.
BAE say that the vehicles include items specifically tailored to the Brazilian Army’s requirements. In addition, the company will provide spares and training as well as live fire support and field service support following delivery.