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Army receives new self-propelled Howitzer
by Richard Tomkins
Elgin, Okla. (UPI) Apr 13, 2015

Oshkosh starts production of Marine's P-19R vehicles
Oshkosh, Wis. (UPI) Apr 13, 2015 - Production of P-19 Replacement Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps was started Monday by Oshkosh Defense.

The P-19R features Oshkosh's TAK-4 independent suspension for on- and off-road use, has a 600-horsepower engine and a maximum speed of as much as 70 mph. Other features include the capability to carry 1,000 gallons of water, 130 gallons of foam agent, and 500 pounds of Halotron auxiliary firefighting agent.

Its roof and bumper turrets combined will be able to discharge up to 750 gallons per minute.

"The Oshkosh P-19R is backed by our company's unique combination of industry leading off-road military vehicle and ARFF expertise, providing Marines with the latest innovative technology whether they're at a military base or an expeditionary airfield," said John Bryant, senior vice president of defense programs for Oshkosh Defense. "Consistent with our strong track record of delivering programs on-schedule and on-budget, we're proud to deliver the new P-19R capabilities and safety that Marines need for future fire-emergency missions."

Delivery of the low-rate production vehicles for production verification testing will begin later this year under a contract that extends through 2018.

P-19R vehicles are to replace the P-19A vehicles, first fielded in 1984.

The U.S. Army has received its first M109A7 self-propelled Howitzer through a low-rate production contract awarded to BAE Systems.

The M109A7 is a replacement weapon for the M109A6 self-propelled Howitzer, formerly known as the Paladin Integrated Management program, and will give the Army an indirect fire system capable of keeping pace with the Abrams tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

"The M109A7 stands at the vanguard of a series of ground combat modernization upgrades, which will significantly enhance the Army's combat fleet for decades to come," said Heidi Shyu, the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology.

The new system features a chassis, engine, transmission, suspension, and steering system. The components are common to the Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicles, thus reducing overall program cost and logistical footprint.

The Army said M109A6 Paladin vehicles and M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles had been shipped to Anniston Army Depot last year and disassembled to provide cab structures, overhauled gun and cannon assemblies, and other vehicle components, which were integrated on the new chassis at the new BAE Systems production facility in Oklahoma for final assembly.

The low-rate initial production, or LRIP, contract award was granted to BAE Systems in October of last year after the program was approved to enter the production and deployment phase.

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