Mission: Provide the primary artillery support for armored and mechanized infantry divisions. The "A6" designation of the M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer identifies the vast improvements to weapon survivability, responsiveness, reliability, availability and maintainability, armament, and terminal effects over the standard model.
Features: The M109A6 (Paladin) Howitzer is the most technologically advanced self-propelled cannon system in the U.S. Army. The fire control system is fully automated, providing accurate position location, azimuth reference, and on-board ballistic solutions of fire missions. The howitzer has a computer-controlled gun driven through servos with manual backup.
General Characteristics: Survivability: "Shoot and Scoot" tactics; improved ballistic and NBC protection.
Responsive fires: capable of firing within 45 seconds from a complete stop with on-board communications, remote travel lock, and automated cannon slew capability.
Accurate fires: on-board position navigation and technical fire control.
Extended range: 30 km with High Explosive Rocket Assisted Projectile (HE RAP) and M203 propellant.
Max unassisted range: 22,000 m
Max assisted range: 30,000 m
Min range: 4000 m
Max rate of fire: 4 rds/min
Sustained rate of fire: 1 rd/min (dependent on thermal warning device)
Max speed: 35 mph
Crew size: 4 (accompanying M992 FAASV-5)
Weight empty (approx.): 56,400 lb
Weight combat-loaded (approx.): 63,615 lb