BAE Systems Reveals Upgraded M109 Paladin Howitzer

by: Matthew Potter
January 21, 2010

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The U.S. Army had awarded BAE Systems a contract to develop the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) vehicle. This is an upgraded, modernized M109 self-propelled 155mm howitzer. The M109 has been the core of U.S. artillery since the mid-Seventies. The contract was for $64 million and will deliver seven vehicles for evaluation. Yesterday BAE rolled out the first of five howitzers.

The contract will also see two vehicles modified to provide ammunition support for the howitzers. The PIM combines parts of the M109 with the M2 Bradley fighting vehicle along with upgraded digital electronics and power train. The goal is to extend the life of the artillery and maintain its use to support American combat brigades. If the PIM is a success then BAE Systems will modernize many of the existing M109 in use with the Army and Marines.

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