WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-04) today praised the U.S. Army for awarding BAE Systems a contract to begin the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program. BAE Systems will conduct final assembly and testing of the various PIM platforms in Elgin, Okla.
"Congratulations to the U.S. Army and BAE Systems on the beginning of the Paladin Integrated Management program,” said Inhofe. “The PIM is an important upgrade for the U.S. Army that includes a state-of-the-art digital backbone and power generation providing the military with growth potential for future technologies. This award is a significant milestone for all involved, and I am especially pleased that final assembly and test will be conducted in Elgin, Oklahoma, bringing more skilled production jobs into the state."
Congressman Cole added, “I am pleased that the Army has awarded the Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract for the Paladin Integrated Management Program weapon system," said Cole. "I applaud BAE System’s ongoing and growing commitment to locate final assembly of the Army’s Paladin Integrated Management Program weapon system in Elgin. Our state should be proud that in addition to being home to the Army’s Fires Center at Fort Sill, the region will continue to play a vital role in equipping our troops with essential fire support for the future."
The contract totaling more than $195 million will provide for Low Rate Initial Production of the M109 self-propelled Horwitzer (SPH), the Carrier Ammunition Tracked (CAT) vehicle, armor kits for both platforms and other basic items.