BAE Systems has been paid £42.8m by the US Department of Defense for 43 M777 lightweight towed howitzers.
The contract brings the total value of M777 orders in 2008 to £147m and the total number of orders for the gun to more than 700.
The M777 is the world’s first artillery system to incorporate the use of titanium and aluminium alloys in gun design, resulting in a howitzer that weighs less than 4,200kg, or half the weight of conventional 155mm systems.
With its low profile, high durability and quick deployment and stowage capabilities, the M777 can be quickly positioned in the most challenging locations, including by medium-lift helicopters.
The M777 effort is managed by the Light Weight 155mm Joint Programme office at
BAE Systems’ facilities at
Separately, BAE Systems has received a $10m (£5.38m) contract from the
The armoured commercial vehicles will be manufactured in
The commercial vehicles will be purchased directly from the original manufacturers prior to additional armour and security features being installed.