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In February, the US Army contracted Leonardo DRS to provide mission-critical computing systems for the M777A2 Lightweight 155mm Howitzer, the company announced on 28 May. With a potential value of up to $21.4 million (€19.3 million), the first delivery order is valued at $6.3 million.

The company is to provide Chief of Section Displays and Mission Systems Computers, which will host US government-furnished Digital Fire Control Software (DFCS), and will also provide the user-machine-interface for the platform.  DFCS controls a fully-integrated digital onboard fire control system for the M777A2, delivering significant improvements in system accuracy, lethality, response time and survivability.

The Mission Systems Computer (MSC) is the centralised computing and integration hub that interfaces with onboard sensors and other line replaceable units (LRU). The MSC uses platform sensors, LRUs and user input, in conjunction with integrated fire control software, to automate howitzer operations.

“We are dedicated to continue delivering quality, mission-critical computing systems for platforms such as the M777A2 to ensure our warfighters have the most modern technology for protective fire during combat operations,” commented Bill Guyan, Senior VP and General Manager of the Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business. Work under the contract will be performed at the business’ Melbourne, FL facility.

The M777A2 howitzer’s capabilities will be significantly enhanced by the Leonardo DRS digitisation programme. (Photo: Leonardo DRS)

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