BAE Systems Awarded $41.9 Million to Assist in M113 Upgrades for Brazil

ARLINGTON, Vir­ginia – BAE Sys­tems, in part­ner­ship with the Brazil­ian Army are upgrad­ing 150 M113 armored per­son­nel car­ri­ers for Brazil through a for­eign mil­i­tary sales con­tract worth $41.9 million.

BAE Sys­tems’ M113 A2 Mk1
The Brazil­ian Army will upgrade the M113B vehi­cles to the M113A2 Mk1 con­fig­u­ra­tion.  Under this work, the vehi­cle hulls, hatch­es and ramps will be reused while all oth­er com­po­nents includ­ing the engines, trans­mis­sions and cool­ing sys­tems will be replaced or upgrad­ed. BAE Sys­tems will pro­vide the mate­ri­als need­ed to per­form the upgrade work as well as tool­ing and spares.  The com­pa­ny will also trans­fer tech­nol­o­gy and train the Brazil­ian Army on the upgrade and main­te­nance of the vehicles. 

“This low cost upgrade work pro­vides sev­er­al ben­e­fits to the Brazil­ian Army includ­ing, improved vehi­cle per­for­mance and reli­a­bil­i­ty,” said Joe McCarthy, vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er of Com­bat Vehi­cles at BAE Sys­tems.   “We have been export­ing and doing upgrade work on M113s for decades.  The Brazil­ian Army acquired the M113s from the U.S. Army in the ear­ly 1970s.  This over­haul and upgrade pro­gram will mod­ern­ize the vehi­cles and extend their ser­vice sig­nif­i­cant­ly, bring the vehi­cles in line with Brazil’s nation­al defense strat­e­gy and help increase their defense capabilities.”

The work under this con­tract will be per­formed at the Brazil Army Depot in Curiti­ba, Brazil and is expect­ed to be com­plete by Novem­ber 2014.

The M113 is part of the largest fam­i­ly of armored tracked vehi­cles in the world and includes more than 80,000 vehi­cles world­wide with 40 vari­ants.  It can trans­port 12 troops plus a dri­ver and is capa­ble of amphibi­ous oper­a­tion, extend­ed cross-coun­try trav­el over rough ter­rain and high-speed oper­a­tion on improved roads and highways.

BAE Sys­tems has pro­vid­ed sup­port to the Brazil­ian Armed Forces for Naval guns, radars and armored vehi­cles since 1998 from its office in Brasilia.

Ear­li­er this year, air­craft man­u­fac­tur­er Embraer and the Brazil­ian Air Force select­ed BAE Sys­tems to pro­vide flight con­trol elec­tron­ics for the KC-390 mil­i­tary trans­port aircraft.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:
Shan­non Book­er, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 703 894 3545  Mobile: +1 703 967 3854

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