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BAE Systems show-cases latest Paladin upgrade

BAE Systems has unveiled its latest upgrade of the M109 self-propelled artillery system that is in use with the US armed forces as well as the militaries of about 30 countries, including five in North Africa.

BAE Systems was awarded a $63.9 million contract in August last year to produce seven Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) vehicles: five self propelled howitzers and two field artillery
ammunition support vehicles.

"The modernization of the Paladin is a critical step in providing the Army with a sustainable and supportable fleet of upgraded vehicles," said Joe McCarthy, vice president and general manager of the Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) systems for BAE Systems. "The roll-out of our PIM system will ensure that the HBCT continues to have the premier Fire Support Platform needed to support the warfighter."

The PIM uses the existing main armament and cab structure of a Paladin M109A6 and replaces out-of-date chassis components with up-to-date components from Bradley infantry fighting vehicle combat systems. PIM incorporates a state-of the-art "digital backbone" and robust power generation capability and integrates electric elevation and traverse drives, electric rammer and digital fire
control system.

The upgrade of the PIM ensures maximum commonality with existing systems in the Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT), and reduces its logistical footprint and operational sustainability costs by replacing obsolete components within the mobility chassis, BAE Systems ays I a news release.

The PIM is the first production vehicle equipped with BAE Systems' enhanced on-board power
management capability, representing the first implementation of the US Army's Common Modular Power System (CMPS) requirement. “BAE Systems' enhanced on-board power management solution will double the electrical power of most military vehicles, exponentially increasing the mission effectiveness of ground forces in theatre,” the release says.

Design and engineering analysis work for the vehicle structure, automotive systems and electric and vehicle electronics will be performed at the BAE Systems facilities in Pennsylvania, California, New York, Minnesota and Michigan as well as US Government facilities at the Army Research and
Development Center in Picatinny, New Jersey. The remanufacture for the Paladin fleet will be performed in partnership with the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama and at BAE Systems facilities in York, Pennsylvania and Elgin, Oklahoma.

Various marks of the M109 serve in Africa:
M109A1
  • Ethiopia 17
  • Libya 18
  • Tunisia 11

M109A2/A3
  • Egypt 279
  • Morocco 84

M109A5
  • Egypt 201
  • Morocco 60

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