Howitzers were acquired for the Latvian army from the presence of the Armed Forces of Austria. It is assumed that 18 November these systems will be demonstrated at a military parade in Riga.
The 35 109A5Öе 109 self-propelled howitzer purchase agreement, ten ReStPz armored fire control machines (converted from the M2017 family ACS) and two driver-training drivers were signed in April 6. The cost of the transaction was 140 million euros (the price of one ACS is about XNUMX thousand euros).
It is reported that “Austria acquired in the USA 38 self-propelled howitzers modifications M1091 in 1973-1974, 18 M109X2 in 1987-1988 and 54 specially modified for the Austrian requirements ACS M109XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxXXXXXXXXXXXXX
In 1998-2002, SAU М109А5 were upgraded to М109А5Öе.
According to the resource, during the upgrade, the installation of the inertial navigation position system NORA (Navigations-, Orientierungs- und Richtanlage) of the Austrian development, interface equipment with the Austrian artillery control system EAFLS (Elektronische Artillerie Feuerleitsystem), the mechanized loading system, the mechanized charging system EAFLS (Elektronische Artillerie Feuerleitsystem), the mechanized charging system and the area of the region and the region, with a mechanized loading system Intertechnik Linz, Swiss electrical equipment, made a number of other improvements. ”
According to Austrian media reports, the system of mechanized loading and locking the shutter significantly increased the rate of fire of the system, giving a practical opportunity to make three shots in 15 seconds, or to give a series of 10 shots in one minute.