The US Army continues
to rely on the M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer
Dimensions and weight
Length (gun forward)
1 x 12.7-mm
Maximum firing range
24 - 30 km
Maximum rate of fire
- 3 to + 75 degrees
Detroit Diesel 8V71T diesel
Maximum road speed
Paladin is a further upgrade of the M109 self-propelled howitzer,
which was introduced in early 1960s. This M109A6 Paladin self-propelled
howitzer entered service with the US Army in 1991. Production ceased
in 1999. A total of 950 artillery systems were built for the US Army. Export
operators are Israel and Taiwan. With the cancellation of
NLOS-C programmes the US Army will
continue to rely on the M109A6 Paladin artillery system, until it will be
upgraded to the
has a larger turret than it's predecessor. It is armed with the M284 155-mm / L39 howitzer, fitted with a
semi-automatic loading system. Maximum range of fire is
24 km with standard projectiles and 30 km with rocket-assisted
projectiles. Maximum rate of fire is 4 rounds per minute. Sustained
rate is one round every three minutes.
Some of the
US Army M109A6 Paladins are being fitted with modification kits to fire
M982 Excalibur extended-range precision guided projectiles. The
Excalibur has a maximum range of 40 km.
can stop and fire the first round in under 60 seconds. Brief
redeployment time allows to avoid counter-battery fire and gives
armament consists of a roof-mounted 12.7-mm machine gun. Some
vehicles were fitted with 40-mm automatic grenade launcher in place
of machine gun.
is fitted with an automatic fire control system with an integrated
navigation and inertial positioning system. It is also fitted with a
muzzle reference system.
of the M109A6 Paladin provides protection against small arms fire and
artillery shell splinters. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection system.
Turret is fitted with Kevlar anti-spall lining.
powered by the Detroit Diesel 8V71T diesel engine, developing 440
hp. Some Paladins will be upgraded with a Cummins 600 hp diesel
Paladin is supported by the M992 ammunition supply vehicle. It can
carry a maximum of 93 rounds and transfer them to the self-propelled
howitzer via conveyer.
the latest upgrade of the Paladin. Formerly this system was known as
the M109A6 PIM
(Paladin Integrated Management). The first prototype was unveiled in 2007. Upgraded
have a new automated loader and some components of the canceled
Crusader and NLOS-C. The US Army plans to obtain a fleet of 580
M109A7 howitzers and the same number of associated armored
ammunition support vehicles. Low-rate production deliveries are
expected in 2015. A full-rate production is planned to begin in
Video of the M109A6 Paladin