BAE Systems’ York County facility has been awarded a $53.8 million contract to repair tanks for the Brazilian government.
The work, which will be performed in multiple locations under what is called a U.S. Army foreign military sales contract, is estimated to be completed in 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense said.
Under the contract, BAE will upgrade and repair 32 of the Brazilian military’s 155mm self-propelled M109A5 Howitzer tanks.
The project flows from a 2014 deal in which the State Department approved a sale of Howitzer upgrade kits and associated parts and services, in a transaction valued at an estimated $110 million. BAE’s West Manchester Township facility was named the principal contractor.
State Department officials said Brazil will use the equipment “to modernize its artillery capability and enhance the Brazilian Armed Forces’ readiness.”
“The reconfigured howitzers will provide the Brazilian Army with a much needed upgrade to this capability while further enhancing interoperability with U.S. and other military forces,” the agency added.
Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich. is the contracting center.