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M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer

The M109A6 Paladin and its accompanying M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle are full-track vehicles, used by the U.S. Army to provide indirect fire support to ground troops on the battlefield.

Contractors

Designed by: United Defense Limited Partnership Acquired by BAE Systems on March 7, 2005
Manufactured by: BAE Systems

M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer

The M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers are highly mobile combat support weapons. The Paladin allows firing in a 360 degree circle through its primary armament, the 155mm cannon assembly. The system is capable of both direct (line of sight) and indirect (out of the line of sight) firing. It can stop and fire the first round in under 60 seconds, allowing the vehicle to avoid counter-battery fire and gives shoot-and-scoot capability.
M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer Copyright © U.S. Army

Status

In active service

Crew

1 Driver
1 Commander
1 Gunner
1 Ammunition Loader

Weapon systems

Main gun
M284 155mm Cannon (37 conventional rounds and two Copperhead rounds)
Gun mount
M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun
- OR -
Mk19 40mm Machine Gun

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length (gun forward): 9.67 meters 31.73 feet
Length without howitzer: 6.89 meters 22.62 feet
Width: 3.92 meters 12.87 feet
Height: 3.24 meters 10.62 feet
Maximum trench crossing: 1.83 meters 6 feet
Ground clearance: 43.4 centimeters 17.1 inches
Vertical obstacle: 0.53 meters 1.75 feet
Weight
Combat weight: ~28 849 kilograms 63 600 pounds
Features
Power plant: one General Motors 8V71T; 8 cylinder, 2 cycle, vee, supercharged diesel
Performance: 345 horsepower (at 2 300 rpm)
Fuel capacity: ~503 liters 133 gallons
Maximum speed on land: ~56 kilometers per hour 35 miles per hour
Cruise range: ~346 kilometers 215 miles
Fording depth: 1.7 meters 3.5 feet

M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle

The M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle (FAASV) is the firing-position partner for the M109A6 Paladin and other M109 series self-propelled howitzers. It provides timely, efficient, armor-protected ammunition delivery to cannon artillery systems during both firing and non-firing conditions. It is a full-tracked, aluminum armored, ammunition resupply vehicle with a hydraulic powered conveyor for single-round transfer of ammunition.