4 août 2022 | International, Terrestre

Textron Systems receives up to $353M award to support U.S Army Close Terrain Shaping Capabilities

The contract is valued up to $353,980,000 to produce the XM204 Top Attack Munition, an anti-vehicle terrain shaping system, and associated trainers


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