‘Boom!’ says the Paladin

155 coming your way:

 Blasting a 155mm Howitzer round during a gun calibration exercise at Destiny Range, Soldiers from 1-9 Field Artillery make the earth tremble as they fire over 30 rounds from an M109A6 Paladin, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Mosul, Iraq, April 23.

Blasting a 155mm Howitzer round during a gun calibration exercise at Destiny Range, Soldiers from 1-9 Field Artillery make the earth tremble as they fire over 30 rounds from an M109A6 Paladin, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Mosul, Iraq, April 23.

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 The earth shakes as an M109A6 Paladin fires a gas propelled 155mm Howitzer round through the enormous canon, the biggest of Battle Kings arsenal as 1-9 Field Artillery, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducts their gun calibration at Destiny Range in Mosul, Iraq, April 23.

The earth shakes as an M109A6 Paladin fires a gas propelled 155mm Howitzer round through the enormous canon, the biggest of Battle Kings arsenal as 1-9 Field Artillery, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducts their gun calibration at Destiny Range in Mosul, Iraq, April 23.

Engulfed an explosive ball of fire, an M109A6 Paladin sends a round down range by the Battle Kings from 1-9 Field Artillery, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Destiny Range on Forward Observation Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq, during a gun calibration exercise, April 23.

Engulfed an explosive ball of fire, an M109A6 Paladin sends a round down range by the Battle Kings from 1-9 Field Artillery, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Destiny Range on Forward Observation Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq, during a gun calibration exercise, April 23.

Comments

  1. Nice shots. However we should really have a replacement for the Paladin on the drawing boards and in a few more years in the factories.

    1. “Gas propelled”?

      It sounds like the US Army is conforming it’s lingo to make way for guns that fire EM-propelled projectiles (Railguns, Coilguns, Gauss Guns, etc).

      If this is the case, wait unto Congress finds out about all the limitations that EM weapons have, which prevented their procurement during the 80-some years they’ve been around so far — AFTER Congress buys it!

  2. The projected replacement for the Palidin should arrive about the same time the air force’s new tankers enter service.

  3. Singapore Primus 155mm 39 Calibre Self Propelled Howitzer is a good replacement. If UK MOD can buy “WARTHOG” All Terrain Tracked Carriers from Singapore,(Spore calls Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carrier), why USA cannot buy Primus fr Spore?

    Anyway, chassis of Primus come from USA!! Thanks.

  4. I find it ironic that our no defense spending (relatively) socialised NATO partners, Britain, Germany, and Netherlands all have much more advanced SPA systems than us. Thanks Rumsfeld!

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