Friday, November 28, 2014

M109A6 Paladin

M109A6 Paladin (Self-propelled artillery) – 929

In service: 1963-present
Produced: 1962-2003

Weight: 27.5 tons
Length: 9.1 m
Width: 3.15 m
Height: 3.25 m

Crew: 6 (2 Loaders, Gunner, Assistant Gunner, Commander, Driver)
Shell: separate loading, bagged charge
Caliber: 155 mm L/39 caliber
Breech: interrupted screw
Traverse: 360°
Rate of fire:
Maximum – 6 rpm;
Sustained – 3 rpm
Effective firing range:
Conventional – 18 km;
RAP – 30 km

Main armament: M126 155 mm Howitzer
Secondary armament: Browning .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 machine gun
Engine: Detroit Diesel 8V71T, 450 hp (335.56 kW)
Power/weight: 18.7 hp/t
Suspension: torsion-bar
Operational range: 350 km
Speed: 56 km/h

The M109A7 shares common components with the Bradley Fighting Vehicle such as the engine, transmission, and tracks. This creates commonality with other systems and maximizes costs-savings in production, parts inventory, and maintenance personnel. In October 2013, the Defense Acquisition Board approved the decision start M109A7 initial production.

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