Israel Launches $1 Billion Howitzer Competition

The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) has opened bids for its $1 billion self-propelled gun modernization program aiming to replace nearly 50-year-old M109 self-propelled howitzers.

An IDF official listed the new gun as key to the ground force’s Fire2025, a strategic investment plan for firepower that is lethal, longer in range and more precise, yet flexible enough for effective use across the operational spectrum.

But the final approval to initiate the program as part of the IDF’s Teuza (Valor) 2014-2018 plan is pending the outcome of workshops to be conducted this month by the IDF General Staff, according to Defense News.

If approved, the competition will likely involve a crew-saving, autonomously loaded 52-caliber cannon and 155mm barrel integrated on a refurbished or new, low-cost chassis, the report said.

The local companies say Elbit Systems, and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israel Military Industries (IMI) are gearing up for the competition.


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