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M109A6 Paladin  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1994
Total Production: 824
Also Known As: M992A2 FAASV
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: United Defense
Parent System: M109A6 Paladin
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1994
Total Production: 921
Family Members: M109A7
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Description: The United Defense M109A6 Paladin is the latest version of the combat proven M109 self-propelled howitzer introduced in the early 1960s. The M109A6 howitzer introduced in 1994 features a 155mm 39 calibers main gun capable of striking targets at ranges of up to 30 km using rocket-assisted projectiles (RAPs), only 22 km with non-assisted conventional ammunition. The M109A6 weapon system consists of the M109A6 howitzer and the M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicles (FAASV). The FAASV vehicle carries 155mm projectiles and charges and is intended to resupply the M109A6 in the battlefield. The US Army remains the only Paladin operator with more then 800 weapon systems procured in the 1990s.

The M109A6 improvements provide increased survivability, performance, and responsiveness over previous M109 howitzers. Its shoot and scoot capability allows to fire a round and being on the move within just one minute. It also features an improved diesel engine, track and a diagnosis system. Nevertheless, its performance falls behind the German Army PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer or other equivalent weapon systems produced in other countries.

The M109A6 has a GPS-based self-location system to achieve improved accuracy. Originally, it was scheduled for replacement within the US Army by Crusader self-propelled howitzer but the program was cancelled. Afterwards, the Paladin was expected to be replaced by the Future Combat Systems (FCS) Non-Line-Of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) in the 2010-2015 timeframe. After the cancellation of the FCS NLOS-C the M109A6 Paladin may remain in service with the US Army well beyond 2030.

M109A6 Paladin Specifications

Caliber Multiple: 39
Crew: 4
Rolling Rubber Wheels: 7
Dimensions
Main Gun Caliber: 155 millimeter
Performance
Main Gun Max Range: 22,000 meter (13.7 mile)
Main Gun Min Range: 4,000 meter
Max Range firing RAP: 30,000 meter
Rates
Max Rate of Fire: 4 roundperminute
Sustained Rate of Fire: 1 roundperminute
Speed
Top Speed: 62 kph (17.2 mps)
Time
SetUp Time: 60 second (0.02 hour)
Weight
Combat Weight: 28,856 kilogram
Empty Weight: 25,583 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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M109A6 Paladin News

There are 17 news between
6 Jan 2003 and 3 Nov 2014
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Monday, November 3, 2014BAE Systems to Continue M109A7 Production with $142 Million Follow-on Contract
Thursday, October 31, 2013US Army Awards BAE Systems Production Contract for Paladin Integrated Management
Sunday, October 20, 2013Raytheon Excalibur Ib Completes Qualification Flight Testing
Wednesday, January 18, 2012BAE Systems Receives $313 Million Contract for Continued Research and Development of PIM
Thursday, October 28, 2010BAE Systems Delivers Seven Paladin Integrated Management to US Army
Wednesday, January 20, 2010BAE Systems Unveils PIM Modernized M109A6 Howitzer Vehicle for US Army
Monday, October 5, 2009BAE Systems Awarded Contract for Prototype Paladin Integrated Management Vehicles
Monday, July 6, 2009Excalibur Ib Demonstrates Accuracy During First Guided-Flight Tests
Wednesday, September 3, 2008Excalibur Projectile with Low-cost Titanium Base Tested in Harshest Gun Environment
Thursday, May 15, 2008BAE Systems Awarded New Contract for M109A6 Paladin Integrated Management

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