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The main armament is a mm M howitzer in an M mount with a fume extractor and large muzzle brake. Improved armor added even more protection to the new system, and an upgraded engine and transmission made the MA6 speedier. Some of the kits under this contract will be installed on vehicles at fielding sites across the world, while others will be shipped to an Army Depot where they will be used on the Paladin reset line. Anniston Army Depot will retain labor and lead the majority of the program, including the MA6-PIM production process, through the public-private partnership.
Have Guns, Will Upgrade: The M109A7 Paladin PIM Self-Propelled Howitzer
The M is an American mm turreted self-propelled howitzerfirst introduced in the early s. The Army is looking into using the M Paladin firing the HVP for ballistic missile defenseas traditional paladln interceptors are expensive and gun-based missile defense used for point defense would use artillery at a much lower cost per round.
Unlike the M, it is armored. MA7 PIM click to view full.
Archived from the original on 18 July The MA6 Paladin addressed these issues via computerization and communications upgrades. Stowage of mm rounds increased from 28 apladin 36 rounds. Other delays to the start of developmental testing stemmed from changes to protection and survivability requirements, which led to a new ballistic hull and turret and new armor kits.
M mm Self-Propelled Howitzer These can be covered with small metal flaps to prevent damage. BAE Systems will be responsible for materials management.
Gun elevation and depression and turret traverse are hydraulic with manual controls for emergency use. Also included is an improvement to the engine starting equipment, greatly improving the ability to start in an emergency.
How often does a user perform Y task? Guns – mm direct. The gunner is seated on the left side of the turret and has a square single-piece hatch cover that opens to the right.
Have Guns, Will Upgrade: The MA7 Paladin PIM Self-Propelled Howitzer
The M also saw service with the U. The MA7 can sustain a one-round per-minute rate of fire and a maximum rate of fire of four rounds per-minute. There are no track-return rollers. The M saw its combat debut in Vietnam. With the cancellation of the U. The Milestone C delay from June — October was staff-driven due to sequestration.
Army plans on procuring a fleet of sets of MA7 howitzers and MA3 ammunition support vehicles. The M family is the most common western indirect-fire support weapon of maneuver brigades of armored and mechanized infantry divisions.
The driver is provided with a single-piece hatch cover that opens to the left, with three M45 day periscopes in front. On the other hand, countries that do decide to field fully modern armored artillery systems will find that Paladin PIM is still generally cheaper than buying new heavy systems.
M cutaway click to view full.