Esper to visit BAE plant to resolve issues with new howitzer

By Ashley Tressel / August 29, 2018 at 4:06 PM
Army Secretary Mark Esper is planning to visit BAE Systems' York, PA, manufacturing plant as the service continues to hold off on a full-rate production decision for the Paladin Integrated Management system, he told reporters today. The service decided in mid-July to defer FRP for the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer. Esper at a Defense Writers Group breakfast today attributed this to “insufficient welding” on the chassis. “I think we have that under control now,” he added. Esper cited “quality control” and...

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