Oct 8, 2015 By Dylan Vosman - defence-blog.com
The company BAE Systems will provide the Army of Brazil the first batch of 16 upgraded M109 self-propelled howitzers in 2016. The delivery of the second package is planned for 2018. Armored Troop The Brazilian army has undergone a major modernization in the last decade, especially with the emergence and consolidation of the Armored Training Center (Bld CI) training unit located in Santa Maria (RS). This process has just opened a new stage with the imminent delivery of modernized self-propelled howitzer (VBCOAP) M109. To date innovations in Armored Troop they focused on Movement and Combat Maneuver (MBT) function, with the acquisition of armored combat vehicles Leopard 1A5 KMW. Now the combat role by fires (self-propelled howitzers) gains a new dimension with the acquisition of VBCOAP M109 A5 within the strategic project OCOP (Getting Full Operational Capability) Army.