The US Army's Deadly New Gun

The US Army's Deadly New Gun image
April 9, 2015 | Source: The Dipolomat

The M109A7 will be the U.S. Army’s first new artillery piece in twenty years.

This Thursday, the United States Army will receive a new artillery vehicle, the M109A7 PIM or Paladin Integrated Management, a 155mm self-propelled howitzer.

With the previous cancellations of the two bottom-up next generation self-propelled howitzer programs – the XM 2001 Crusader and XM1203 Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon – the M109A7 will be the U.S. Army’s first new artillery piece in twenty years. The M109A7 constitutes a, ”new approach to acquisition, in which expensive, ambitious, all-new designs give way to incremental but still substantial changes to existing platforms,”according to Sydney Freedberg over at Breaking Defense. 

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