New BAE Systems Memorandum of Understanding for Depro (GVB)

    OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW Telbec/ - BAE Systems and Depro, St-Laurent Canada,
have signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering discussions around the
repair and overhaul of the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) M777
    John Kelly, BAE Systems' director of indirect fire and export sales
comments: "Depro is already the DND's partner of choice for Howitzer repair
and overhaul, so it makes sense for BAE Systems to work with them on future
repair requirements on the Canadian M777."
    Ron Braun, chief executive officer of Depro added that he welcomes the
M777 initiative as it compliments Depro's current and planned repair and
overhaul activity on the Canadian Force's (CF) LG1 and C3 Howitzers. "This MoU
will not only help us support the work of the Canadian Armed Forces using the
skills and expertise of Canadian engineers, but will also bring us one step
closer to achieving our aim of becoming the repair and overhaul centre for its
combined howitzer fleet," Braun said.
    The M777 Howitzer is a 155mm calibre towed howitzer, made predominantly
of titanium that weighs less than 5000kg. It can launch a 50kg artillery shell
up to 40km in range. Its light weight allows flexible and rapid transportation
both by air and road.
    BAE Systems has orders for more than 600 M777 Howitzers from the U.S.
Army, Marine Corps and Canadian Army. Canadian M777s are currently deployed in
support of Canadian and coalition troops in Afghanistan and is proving an
effective deterrent against Taliban forces.
    BAE Systems has been developing a partnership with Canadian industry and
the country's armed forces for a number of years. Its Hawk advanced jet
training system has been delivering fast jet training to NATO pilots at the
Saskatchewan based NATO Flight Training Canada programme. The Company also has
a range of land systems in service with the Canadian Armed Forces including
RG31 mine protected vehicle, M113 armoured personnel carriers and BV206
armoured vehicles.
    BAE Systems also upgraded four Victoria class submarines and has been
delivering in-service support to the boats in partnership with the Canadian

    About BAE Systems:

    BAE Systems is the premiere global defence and aerospace company
delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval
forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and
customer support services. With 88,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales
exceeded (pnds stlg)13.7 billion pounds sterling (US25.4 billion dollars) in

For further information:

For further information: Barney O'Kelly, BAE Systems, +44 (0) 7803
667434, ; Kate Roberts, BAE Systems, +44 (0) 191
226 7026, Mob: +44 (0) 7771 767 385,; Issued by:
BAE Systems, +44 (0) 1252 384719, Fax: +44 (0) 1252 383947,

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