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The Pal­adin M109A7 next-gen­er­a­tion ar­tillery sys­tem be­ing man­u­fac­tured by BAE Sys­tems is a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade to the com­bat­proven M109A6 Pal­adin can­non ar­tillery sys­tem. The en­hanced ar­tillery sys­tem will of­fer key fire-sup­port for a va­ri­ety of po­ten­tial com­bat mis­sions con­ducted by the US Army’s Ar­mored Bri­gade Com­bat Teams (ABCTs) in con­ven­tional, hy­brid, ir­reg­u­lar and counter-in­sur­gency com­bat en­vi­ron­ments. The US Army awarded a $688 mil­lion con­tract to BAE Sys­tems in Oc­to­ber 2013 for the pro­duc­tion of Pal­adin M109A7 ar­tillery sys­tems, with an op­tion to pro­cure a to­tal of 66.5 ve­hi­cle sets in­clud­ing a self-pro­pelled how­itzer and an am­mu­ni­tion re­sup­ply ve­hi­cle. The ar­tillery sys­tem was in­ducted into low rate ini­tial pro­duc­tion (LRIP) in May 2014, while full rate pro­duc­tion is ex­pected to com­mence in 2017. As part of a $195 mil­lion ini­tial con­tract, The first ve­hi­cle is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered in mid-2015. Pal­adin M109A6 is a can­non ar­tillery sys­tem de­vel­oped by the Ground Sys­tem Di­vi­sion of United De­fense LP (now BAE Sys­tems Land and Ar­ma­ments) and man­u­fac­tured at the Pal­adin Pro­duc­tion Oper­a­tion cen­tre at Cham­bers­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia.

The US Army and BAE Sys­tems signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing for the Pal­adin in­te­grated man­age­ment (PIM) pro­gramme to up­grade the M109A6 Pal­adin self-pro­pelled how­itzer and its as­so­ci­ated M992A2 field ar­tillery am­mu­ni­tion sup­port ve­hi­cle. The author­ity in­tends to pro­cure 580 sets of PIM ve­hi­cles, which are ex­pected to sus­tain through 2050.

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