The company said it will transfer technology and train the Brazilian army to perform maintenance and operate the updated vehicles. The Brazilian army will upgrade the M113B vehicles to the M113A2 Mk1 configuration.
Contract work will be performed at a Brazil army depot and is expected to be complete by November 2014. Vehicle hulls, hatches and ramps will be reused and vehicle engines, transmissions and cooling systems will be replaced.
“We have been exporting and doing upgrade work on M113s for decades,” said Joe McCarthy, BAE’s vice president and general manager of combat vehicles. “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.”