BAE Systems Awarded $466M US Army Self-Propelled Howitzer Contract:
BAE Systems has been awarded a $466-million contract to supply its M109A7 Paladin self-propelled howitzers to the US Army. According to a US Department of Defense announcement, the agreement includes the delivery of M992 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles.
The precise number of howitzers and carriers under order remains to be disclosed. Work for the contract will be performed in Pennsylvania, Michigan, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Alabama. It is expected to be complete by December 2026.
The Paladin Howitzer
BAE Systems’ Paladin M109A7 is a next-generation artillery system designed to support the US Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams. It can provide key fire support for various missions in conventional and hybrid combat environments. The weapon features an upgraded hull, turret, suspension system, and engine for better survivability and performance than its predecessor, the M109A6 artillery system. The M109A7 can fire at a maximum rate of four rounds per minute and hit targets up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) away.
M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer
BAE Systems has been awarded a $466-million contract to supply its M109A7 Paladin self-propelled howitzers to the US Army. According to a US Department of Defense announcement, the agreement includes the delivery of M992 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles. The precise number of howitzers and carriers under order remains to be disclosed. The precise number of howitzers and carriers under order remains to be disclosed.
Meet the US Army’s M109A7 Paladin Self-propelled Howitzer – AOD
The M109A7 is a new artillery system for the US Army. It is an upgraded version of the M 109 A6 Paladin. Formerly these systems were known as M109A6 PIM or Paladin Integrated Management. The first prototype was revealed in 2007. Unofficially the M109A7 is still being referred to as the Paladin. Prototypes of the M109A7 underwent government testing, and in 2013 this artillery system was approved for low-rate initial production. The M109 is an American 155 mm turreted self-propelled howitzer, first introduced in the early 1960s to replace the M44. It has been upgraded a number of times, most recently to the M109A7. The M109 family is the most common Western indirect-fire support weapon for maneuver brigades of armored and mechanized infantry divisions. The M109 has a crew of four: the section chief/commander, the driver, the gunner, and the ammunition handler/loader. The chief or gunner aims the cannon left or right (deflection) and up and down (quadrant). The British Army replaced its M109s with the AS-90. Several European armed forces have or are currently replacing older M109s with the German PzH 2000. Upgrades to the M109 were introduced by the U.S. (see variants below) and by Switzerland (KAWEST). With the cancellation of the U.S. Crusader and Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon, the M109A6 (“Paladin”) will remain the principal self-propelled howitzer for the U.S. for the foreseeable future until the new M1299 will enter service.
M109 Self Propelled Artillery Vehicle Tactics Explained
M109 is the American military’s king of battle; it’s a highly protected fast moving mobile 155mm yeet machine. But it’s been around since 1963 at this point and some military analysts believe it’s fast becoming obsolete So where did the self propelled M109 artillery vehicle come from and what are some of the tactics and procedures they’ve used over the years? Better yet can it lower its cannon down 45 degrees so it can be used like a tank with a massive cannon? Follow Cappy:
https://www.instagram.com/cappyarmy Written by: Chris Cappy and Andrew Tucker Edited by: Kyle In World War I we first saw the rise of tank warfare. I can picture the military designer Walter Gordon Wilson sitting there in 1917 looking at the new armored tanks then looking at static cannon artillery pieces, then looking back at the tank. The gears in his head are slowly turning as he has an epiphany and puts two and two together. The howitzer uses a main gun that fires a 155mm shell with a separate bagged charge. It is powered by a diesel engine and has a secondary M2 50 Cal machine gun. The M109 weighs 27 tons which is actually relatively light weight for an armored tank. They sacrifice some armor to keep it mobile since its not meant as a direct combat vehicle. It has a max rate of fire at 6 rounds per minute if you’re really gunning and a sustained realistic rate of fire of 3 rounds per minute. This is a terrain denial weapon. It can be used to create dead zones in a battlespace. For instance instead of having to place a whole infantry company of over 100 soldiers to guard a border you can put a platoon of four M109 artillery pieces there. The self propelled artillery vehicles need even less soldiers than fixed artillery positions which require 9 soldiers.
The M109A7 program enhances the reliability, maintainability, performance, responsiveness, and lethality of the combat-proven M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer and M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle’s (FAASV) while providing increased commonality within the U.S. Army Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT).
The M109A7 is the latest howitzer in the BAE Systems M109 family of vehicles, the primary indirect fire support system for the ABCTs. It uses the existing main armament and cab structure of a Paladin M109A6, and replaces the vehicle’s chassis components with modem components common to the Bradley vehicle. The improved chassis structure provides greater survivability and commonality with the existing systems in the ABCT, reducing operational sustainability costs by replacing obsolete components.
The M109A7 is supported by the Army as a vital technology enhancement program to maintain the combat capability of its ABCTs. The M109A7 will solve long-term readiness and modernization needs of the M109 family of vehicles through a critical redesign and production plan that leverages the most advanced technology available today. This state-of-the-art “digital backbone” and power generation capability provides a more robust, survivable and responsive indirect fire support capability for ABCT Soldiers.
The M109A7 is considered to be the most cost-effective method to significantly improve sustainability and survivability, while reducing the logistics burden on the ABCT and supporting fires brigades. The program will be executed as a public/private partnership between the Army’s Project Manager-HBCT, Anniston Army Depot and BAE Systems that leverages the strengths of both public and private sectors to ensure the best value for U.S. Soldiers. The M109A7 production would be performed at Anniston Army Depot, Alabama and BAE Systems facilities in York, Penn.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; Endicott, N.Y.; and Elgin, Okla.