Leonardo DRS said Thursday the Army has selected the company to digitize its M777A2 howitzers’ fire control capabilities with new display systems and mission system computers.

The $21.5 million dollar deal was originally placed February and Leonardo DRS has received an initial $6.3 million order to begin providing the digitized mission systems.

U.S. Army Spc. Rich Musser, center, pulls the lanyard on a M777A2 Howitzer cannon, launching a 155mm round downrange in support of infantry operations at Yakima Training Center, Wash., Oct. 9, 2013

“We are dedicated to continue delivering quality, mission-critical computing systems for platforms such as the M777A2 to ensure our warfighters have the most modern technology for protective fire during combat operations,” Bill Guyan, senior vice president of Leonardo DRS’ land electronics business, said in a statement. 

Under the deal, Leonardo DRS will provide updated mission systems for the howitzers that will host the Army’s Digital Fire Control Software (DFCS) on its Mission Systems Computer (MSC). 

“The DFCS controls a fully integrated digital onboard fire control system for the M777A2 that provides significant improvements to system accuracy, lethality, response time, and survivability,” the company wrote in a statement. “The Mission Systems Computer is the centralized computing and integration hub that interfaces with onboard sensors and other Line Replaceable Units. The MSC utilizes platform sensors, LRUs and user input in conjunction with integrated fire control software to automate howitzer operations.”