US Pays $9M for more M777A1 Howitzers
RO Defence Projects Ltd. in Cumbria, UK received a $9 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for additional M777A1 ultra-lightweight 155mm howitzers. “RO” stands for “Royal Ordnance,” and is now part of BAE Land Systems. The howitzers are about to be complemented by new “Excalibur” GPS-guided shells, and new StrikeLink software for forward observers. The M777 is also in service with Britain and with the Canadian Forces, who are using it in combat in Afghanistan.
Work will be performed in Barrow, United Kingdom (27%), Hattiesburg, MS (2%), Portland, OR (14%), Lynchburg, VA (3%), Whitehall, MI (6%), and Outside the Continental US (48%), and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2009. This was a sole source contract initiated on April 4, 2007 by the U.S. Army Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (W15QKN-05-C-1173).