General Dynamics Wins $216.2M Spanish Howitzer Contract

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155mm/52 APU SBT General Dynamic European Land Combat Systems subsidiary General Dynamics Santa Barbara Sistemas has signed an 8-year, EUR 181 million (US $216.2 million) contract to supply the Spanish Army with a total of 72 155mm/52 APU SBT howitzers, upgrade another 12 systems, provide another 82 towing vehicles and radio sets, and add logistical support. The contract includes the acquisition of 4 of the current 155/52 APU SBT (V07) howitzers, and design, development, production and delivery of another 66 units of a new version of the howitzer (named SIAC) with improved mobility and new capabilities, including C2 integration. The contract also includes retrofit of 12 Army APU SBT howitzers from the V06 to the V07 version; 82 towing vehicles and radio communication sets; and integrated logistical support. Subcontractors on the program include Amper in Madrid, Spain for communications equipment and Iveco in Turin, Italy for the towing vehicles. The Spanish Army currently has 4 155/52 APU SBT (V06) howitzers already in service for field artillery and 8 APU SBT (V07) howitzers integrated in a Coastal Artillery Group. See corporate release.

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