Friday, June 19, 2009
New Artillery Battalion Being Equipped
Chile is buying from the U.S. two dozen M-109 self-propelled howitzers and support equipment to create a mechanized artillery battalion. The purchase also includes M557A2 command post vehicles, tracked logistics vehicles, thousands of shells (including rocket-assisted rounds) and a pair of Firefinder radars, which can pinpoint the location of incoming artillery shells. The deal is valued at $275 million, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Defense Industry Daily has some details on the equipment.