In April 2015, BAE Systems was awarded a USD$688 million contract for the procurement of the Paladin M109A7 artillery system. As a replacement for the M109A6 Paladin cannon, this recent upgrade offers fire-support for a variety of combat missions. This artillery system will mainly be utilized by the US Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCTs). The contract will include the purchase of 18.5 vehicle sets, which includes 19 M109A7 howitzers and 18 M992A3 carrier ammunition tracked vehicles. Extending to 2050, the contract calls for a total of 580 Paladin vehicles to be released, with the first estimated delivery in the summer of 2015. Research alone is estimated to cost nearly $63.9 million. Upgrades to the previous system include increased reliability, lifetime, and performance. BAE Systems will make changes to the hull, turret, engine, and suspension systems. A crew of four is necessary to operate the 9.7m tall, 3.9m wide, and 3.7m high machinery. The maximum gross weight is measured at 35,380kg, thus allowing a light-weight system to operate in harsh weather conditions, during night and day.
While moving, the M109A6 Paladin can unlock automatically and point its cannon at a target. Armed with the 155mm M284 cannon and the M182A1 gun, the system can fire at one round per minute and a range of 22km for standard projectiles and 30km for rocket-assisted projectiles. Founded in 1999, BAE Systems was originally created through a merger with Marconi Electronic Systems and General Electric Company. British Aerospace (BAE) has become a leading manufacturer of aircraft, munitions, and naval systems. Throughout the years, BAE has been involved in many defense projects, such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, and the Astute-class submarine. Furthermore, BAE Systems is focused into several divisions: Electronic Systems, Cyber & Services, Platforms & Services, and many others. Via our proprietary website Just NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of BAE Systems products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current BAE Systems parts at https://www.justnsnparts.com/. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-756-8540 for a quote.