Sunday, October 9, 2011
More Details on the New M-109 Howitzers
The 12 M-109 self-propelled howitzers being refurbished by BAE Systems for delivery to Chile are of the M-109A5 model, a company executive told MercoPress. The model features the M284 155mm gun and M182 mount, which extend the firing range by 25% compared with the earlier version of the M-109. The upgrade work includes adding digital data connectivity and gun positioning and navigation systems. Where is the new artillery battalion headed? To the 3rd Armored Brigade near Antofagasta, a colonel told a news show. The MercoPress item also mentions that BAE worked on the upgrade of Chile's M-113s, a program that brought up those armored personnel carriers to the M-113A2 standard.