Defense News - BAE Systems
Saturday, December 24, 2011, 08:17 AM
|BAE Systems Awarded $41.9 Million to Assist in M113 Upgrades for Army of Brazil|
ARLINGTON, Virginia – BAE Systems, in partnership with the Brazilian Army are upgrading 150 M113 armored personnel carriers for Brazil through a foreign military sales contract worth $41.9 million. The Brazilian Army will upgrade the M113B vehicles to the M113A2 Mk1 configuration.
M113 armoured vehicle personnel carrier Brazilian army
Under this work, the vehicle hulls, hatches and ramps will be reused while all other components including the engines, transmissions and cooling systems will be replaced or upgraded. BAE Systems will provide the materials needed to perform the upgrade work as well as tooling and spares. The company will also transfer technology and train the Brazilian Army on the upgrade and maintenance of the vehicles.
“This low cost upgrade work provides several benefits to the Brazilian Army including, improved vehicle performance and reliability,” said Joe McCarthy, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles at BAE Systems. “We have been exporting and doing upgrade work on M113s for decades. The Brazilian Army acquired the M113s from the U.S. Army in the early 1970s. This overhaul and upgrade program will modernize the vehicles and extend their service significantly, bring the vehicles in line with Brazil’s national defense strategy and help increase their defense capabilities.”
The work under this contract will be performed at the Brazil Army Depot in Curitiba, Brazil and is expected to be complete by November 2014.
The M113 is part of the largest family of armored tracked vehicles in the world and includes more than 80,000 vehicles worldwide with 40 variants. It can transport 12 troops plus a driver and is capable of amphibious operation, extended cross-country travel over rough terrain and high-speed operation on improved roads and highways.
BAE Systems has provided support to the Brazilian Armed Forces for Naval guns, radars and armored vehicles since 1998 from its office in Brasilia.
Earlier this year, aircraft manufacturer Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force selected BAE Systems to provide flight control electronics for the KC-390 military transport aircraft.