1/600 Scale Modern US M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer with Main Gun set at 20º elevation.
Contains 10 highly detailed tanks.
M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer
- 10x M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers
is an American 155mm
turreted self-propelled howitzer
, first introduced in the early 1960s. 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 of maneuver brigades of armored and mechanized infantry divisions.
The M109 has a crew of six: the section chief, the driver, the gunner, the assistant gunner and two ammunition handlers. The gunner aims the cannon left or right (deflection), the assistant gunner aims the cannon up and down (quadrant). The M109A6 Paladin needs only a crew of four: the commander, driver, gunner and an ammunition loader.
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.
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