The United States has authorised another 60 surplus US Army M109A5 155 mm self-propelled howitzers to the Brazilian Army through the excess defence articles (EDA) process.
A government-to-government letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) was signed on 28 June, the army told Jane’s on 17 July. The intention is to ship the vehicles in a single load to Brazil this year, the army said.
The howitzers are at the Sierra Army Depot at Herlong, California. A joint visual inspection to select the vehicles was done in December 2016.
The fleet is to be shipped to Paranaguá at the Brazilian Army’s expense then be transported by road to Regional Park Maintenance in Curitiba, where the vehicles will be refurbished, painted, and equipped with Brazilian systems such as the Harris Falcon III tactical radio and Thales SOTAS IP intercom.