I changed "now outdated M109" to just M109. Just because one new weapon is superior to the paladin doesn't make it completley outdated- Moshe Constantine Hassan Al-Silverburg 07:17, 26 October 2005 (UTC)
This article is about the history of the M109 self-propelled howitzer. Only the M109A6 carries the name "Paladin" and I think personally that the article should be changed to M109 or M109 self-propelled howitzer. -- Thatguy96 16:48, 15 May 2006
- I agree completely. I've gone ahead and made the move; I can't see any logical objection. TomTheHand 20:56, 15 May 2006 (UTC)
- Please also change the redirects to the new article name - you seem to have forgotten this. (See What links here)--Denniss 21:16, 15 May 2006 (UTC)
Recent Israeli use
There should be something in this article about the recent use of this weapons system by the IDF in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon crisis, as it seems they are currently being used on-mass to Bombard southern Lebanon.--Hibernian 02:54, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
What is an FDC? —Brim 02:39, 27 July 2006 (UTC)
- Never mind. I answered my own question. —Brim 03:08, 27 July 2006 (UTC)
M109A6 not exclusive to US?
"It has been continually upgraded and improved to today's current version, the M109A6 "Paladin" which is only used by the US Army."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_of_the_Republic_of_China states that "delivery of M109A6 units started in 2003"
I'm wondering which one is right. -- MiG 15:39, 20 January 2007 (UTC)
I was on the M109A3, M109A5, and M109A6. A gun section and a gun crew are not the same thing. A gun section actually consists of two vehicles: the M109 (the "gun") and the M992 FAASV (the ammo vehicle). The gun crew on the guns up to the M109A6 consisted of the section chief, the gunner, the assistant gunner, the number one cannoneer, and the driver. The M109A6 Paladin eliminated the assistant gunner position. The ammunition team constitutes the remainder of the section and they are the crew of the FAASV (usually two, occasionally three ammunition handlers). In the "old days," the men in the ammunition team were the number two, three, and four cannoneers. This is where the term "number one man" comes from.
All models of the M109 up to and including the M109A5 have a crew of five: Section chief, gunner, assistant gunner, number one cannoneer, driver. The M109A6 Paladin has a crew of four: Section chief, gunner, number one cannoneer, driver.
Info box states a crew of eight: chief, driver, 3 cannoneers, 3 gunners.
The text says The crew of the M109 consists of a section chief, driver, three cannoneers who prepare the ammunition, load, and fire the weapon, and two gunners who aim the cannon.The gunner aims the cannon left or right (deflection), the assistant gunner aims the cannon up and down (quadrant). The M109A6 Paladin needs only one cannoneer and two ammunition handlers for a total crew of six.
The first statement talks about two gunners, and the mention about the upgraded Paladin is really talking about five crew members: chief, driver, cannoneer and two ammunition handlers. Which one of these three is the right statement?
The crew size for the M109A6 is incorrect. The crew consists of one chief of section, one driver, one gunner, and a fourth cannoneer commonly referred to as the "number one man." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 02:58, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
As I remember, there is the section chief who verifies fuze setting, shell type and charge, the gunner who loads the powder and closes the breach, the number one man who sets the fuze, loads the shell, primes the cannon and pulls the lanyard, and the driver for a total crew of four.126.96.36.199 (talk) 18:10, 23 August 2008 (UTC)
Does anyone have access to a reliable source about some M109s that have been modified by the Egyptians? I saw some pictures on a particular military picture-related website (one which fails WP:RS) of M109s with a fixed turret/superstructure and mounting (what was said to be) a Soviet-style 122mm howitzer. If good sources could be found, it would certainly be worth including in the article.--L1A1 FAL (talk) 17:01, 9 October 2012 (UTC)
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