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Army Looks to Small Tech Firms to Increase Howitzer System’s Rate of Fire

Army LW155 Howitzer
Army LW155 Howitzer

The U.S. Army will move to solicit ideas from small businesses on how to fire projectiles from self-propelled howitzers at a faster rate under the branch’s one-of-its kind effort designed to incentivize companies that support military technology modernization efforts.

Interested vendors can submit proposals from Sept. 18 to Oct. 6 for the “Fire Faster” effort as part of the Special Program Awards for Required Technology Needs program, Army Futures Command said Tuesday.

The branch aims to contract with small technology firms 30 days after a solicitation period has ended and plans to award as much as $200K over four months for Phase 1 of the SPARTN program.

Army Futures Command added that participants have the chance to receive additional funds to advance innovation proposals under the succeeding phases and the option to join a cohort program that will allow them to communicate with possible end users in the military.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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