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The Pentagon ordered the modernization of the "Paladins" and "Abrams"

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The US Army has launched a large-scale modernization program for its armored vehicles. According to defensenews.com, the US Department of Defense has ordered BAE Systems to manufacture new M109A7 Paladin howitzers, and General Dynamics to upgrade tanks M1A1 Abrams.


The purchase of new howitzers for the army is carried out as part of the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program. The contractor, BAE Systems, developed a new modification of the M109 Paladin howitzer for the American Army, which received the designation A7. Externally, it is not much different from its predecessor A6 (the same chassis from the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle and the old 155 mm caliber are used), but inside it is a fundamentally new car.

The Pentagon ordered the modernization of the "Paladins" and "Abrams"


According to the developers, the M109A7 ACS Paladin is equipped with fundamentally new electronics and a power supply system. In addition, the new version of the howitzer will eliminate the previously discovered shortcomings - unreliable automatic fire extinguishing system and so on.

Deliveries of M109A7 Paladin prototypes began in 2015 year. In total, as part of a "test purchase", the army should receive 65 kits consisting of howitzers and transport-charging machines M992A3. To date, BAE Systems has shipped 37 kits to the troops, which are currently undergoing trial operation. Without waiting for the end of deliveries of pre-production samples, the US Department of Defense signed with the contractor the first contract for small-scale production of new SAUs. According to the contract, BAE Systems is to supply the 48 army vehicle kits with a total value of $ 414 million to the US Army. If the self-propelled howitzers meet the military department, another contract will be signed for the supply of 180 ACS and the same number of transport and charging vehicles. The total cost of serial samples can reach $ 1,7 billion.

Another major contract of the outgoing week was an agreement with General Dynamics on the modernization of M1A1 Abrams tanks up to the M1A2 SEP v3 version. According to representatives of General Dynamics, the new version differs from the previous one with improved sights, an updated electronic system and a new active protection system. In addition, the new Abrams will be more economical to use fuel while maintaining engine power, and will also become more maintainable. In total, 786 "Abrams" of an already outdated version of the M1A1, which were produced in the 80 and 90, are subject to conversion under the contract. The cost of the transaction is estimated at $ 2,7 billion, transfers "Warspot"
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  1. katana
    katana 25 December 2017 11: 45
    +3
    Well what can I say - well done Americans - do not throw out obsolete weapons, upgrade them.
    1. just exp
      just exp 25 December 2017 11: 55
      +7
      they don’t throw it away, but they upgrade it, what’s the joy?
      1. Shura Perm
        Shura Perm 25 December 2017 12: 04
        +3
        You can not rejoice in the success of enemies, the Americans for me were and will be enemies
      2. katana
        katana 25 December 2017 12: 04
        +2
        Quote: just EXPL
        they don’t throw it away, but they upgrade it, what’s the joy?

        I am happy for you too !! smile
    2. Cxnumx
      Cxnumx 25 December 2017 11: 57
      +1
      Quote: katana
      Well what can I say - well done Americans - do not throw out obsolete weapons, upgrade them.

      Yes, everyone does it. but knowing the Americans - they will offer, will force to update this technique and those who do not want))
      1. katana
        katana 25 December 2017 12: 07
        +2
        Quote: K0
        Quote: katana
        Well what can I say - well done Americans - do not throw out obsolete weapons, upgrade them.

        Yes, everyone does it. but knowing the Americans - they will offer, will force to update this technique and those who do not want))

        Here everyone writes that the Americans are much more willing to cut the loot, and for this the best option is to stir up the production of new equipment, rather than modernize the old one.
        1. Cxnumx
          Cxnumx 25 December 2017 12: 12
          +2
          Quote: katana
          Here everyone writes that the Americans are much more willing to cut the loot, and for this the best option is to stir up the production of new equipment, rather than modernize the old one.

          you're not right. most of all money is brought not by production selling goods, because This is a one-time action; and maintenance / modernization / repair, etc.
          I personally also think that Americans are pros in a dough cut, but at the same time they are also very good at not only cutting it, but really making money.
  2. svp67
    svp67 25 December 2017 11: 48
    +4
    According to the developers, the M109A7 Paladin self-propelled guns are equipped with a fundamentally new
    The main thing is that, to our good fortune, the gun was still there, and the “CARTOUSY” loading remained ... Well, the “flag in their hands”
    Another major contract of the past week was a contract with General Dynamics for the modernization of the M1A1 Abrams tanks to version M1A2 SEP v3.
    Well, but this is already more serious ... “Trophy” on “Abrams” will significantly increase its combat stability on the battlefield, from old and proven RPG-7 and outdated ATGMs
    1. Pirogov
      Pirogov 25 December 2017 11: 53
      0
      Quote: svp67
      The main thing is that, to our good fortune, the gun was still there, and the “CARTOUSY” loading remained ... Well, the “flag in their hands”

      The main thing is that they are sharply worried about the modernization of tanks. Quote from the article ............................................... ..
      ........ According to representatives of General Dynamics, the new version differs from the previous one in improved sights, an updated electronic system and a new active protection system. In addition, the new Abrams will use fuel more economically while maintaining engine power, and will also become more maintainable. In total, under the contract, 786 Abrams are subject to re-equipment .......................................
      .................................................
      ....... This modernization is clearly not directed against Africans.
      1. svp67
        svp67 25 December 2017 11: 58
        +1
        Quote: Pirogov
        .This modernization is clearly not directed against Africans.

        Why? You might think that there are few RPG-7s and old, Soviet ATGMs ...
        1. KCA
          KCA 25 December 2017 12: 34
          +1
          And Chinese ATGMs, recently, a clone of "Baby" "Red Arrow" distinguished itself, something from American technology knocked out
          1. svp67
            svp67 25 December 2017 12: 38
            0
            Quote: KCA
            And Chinese ATGMs, recently, a clone of "Baby" "Red Arrow" distinguished itself, something from American technology knocked out

            Yes, there is enough Western equipment ....
    2. NEXUS
      NEXUS 25 December 2017 12: 51
      +3
      Quote: svp67
      Well, but this is already more serious ... “Trophy” on “Abrams” will significantly increase its combat stability on the battlefield, from old and proven RPG-7 and outdated ATGMs

      This whole modernization of self-propelled guns, that of tanks, is aimed at the European and Middle Eastern theater of operations. All this is not very burning for mattresses, since their priority is the fleet. That is, this modernization is also to our liking.
      And in this regard, our rearmament and modernization of armored vehicles and anti-tank weapons looks slightly different.
  3. Teberii
    Teberii 25 December 2017 11: 48
    +1
    We decided to update the equipment at the lowest cost, and then pair the updates with everything else.
    1. svp67
      svp67 25 December 2017 11: 52
      +1
      Quote: Teberii
      We decided to update the equipment at the lowest cost, and then pair the updates with everything else

      With an American feature ...
      The total cost of production samples can reach $ 1,7 billion.

      The transaction value is estimated at $ 2,7 billion.
      With a budget of 700 lard "green", it is of course "drops", but very significant
  4. Balagan
    Balagan 25 December 2017 11: 53
    0
    Somewhere the video card was hanging about the work of the calculations of the Palladins and our 2C1. And merikos with entim also threaten us ... Children, damn it ...
    1. Equalized
      Equalized 25 December 2017 11: 59
      +2
      American artillery is now lagging behind the artillery of the Russian Federation and Europe, the same PhZ 2000 is much superior to any Paladin modernization. So what?
      The United States has a different doctrine of warfare, now artillery there does not occupy the most important role. Even given the technical flaws of the Paladin, when used by the US Army with its advanced intelligence and communications, artillery will still be very effective.

      It’s ridiculous to read comments of the level “well, dumb s, ahahah) 0)) we are wearing their caps”
      1. rotmistr60
        rotmistr60 25 December 2017 12: 08
        +2
        with their advanced intelligence and communications
        There is effective suppression for every forward link. But Americans have forgotten how to use the ruler and tables, which they themselves admit.
      2. katana
        katana 25 December 2017 12: 11
        +1
        Dear Georgian, everyone writes whatever they like on this site. Very often about your former President Saakashvili. What do you think about him?
  5. The Siberian barber
    The Siberian barber 25 December 2017 11: 58
    0
    .... In addition, the new version of howitzers will eliminate previously discovered flaws - an unreliable automatic fire extinguishing system and more ...
    Automatic loader - Negro squared?))
  6. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 25 December 2017 12: 10
    +5
    Upgrading the Paladin? Yes, there is the first thing to be modernized - to change the gun laughing And it’s funny to watch how in the 21 century they clean the trunk after a shot with a bannic. Cartose loading, you see laughing
    1. The Siberian barber
      The Siberian barber 25 December 2017 12: 35
      +1
      Bannik canceled!)) Now there will be a brush wassat
  7. dFG
    dFG 25 December 2017 12: 20
    +1
    The modernization of abrashek is alarming, in addition to the promising armata, the kaz is not installed commercially anywhere, even there is no established production, even Syria did not bother to ship at least something for testing .... and that javelin in Donbas would not be so scary, modify it and try it out the same arena.
  8. Herculesic
    Herculesic 25 December 2017 12: 21
    +1
    Abrams will be so with weak side armor, but then stuffed with electronics? fool There is no modernization - a new version of the tank is needed! And the sau too, with bulletproof armor, is a target for the anti-tank gun! They need to either upgrade as we do with increased armor, or from scratch create a new sau and a new tank!
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 25 December 2017 13: 07
      +2
      The Israeli KAZ Trophy began to be installed on Abrams.
      In addition, mounted metal ceramics were added to the sides.
  9. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 25 December 2017 13: 05
    +2
    We M109 ceased to approach in range.
    We hung electronics on them and so on to the limit.
    But the projectile must now be thrown for 40 kilometers,
    to suppress enemy rocket points from their territory.
  10. Sands Careers General
    Sands Careers General 25 December 2017 16: 06
    +6
    Such amounts, the hike armor is already gold in weight, as the infamous B-2.
    And the Abrams are modernizing, stupidly, because they do not produce new tanks.
  11. k_ply
    k_ply 25 December 2017 20: 40
    +1
    Outwardly, it is not much different from its predecessor A6 (the same chassis is used from the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle and the previous 155 mm caliber barrel), but inside it is a fundamentally new car.

    Externally, they differ - seven road wheels of the original M109 and six road wheels of the BM Bradley chassis, not to mention the tracks. The corresponding difference in power units (dv-lei and transmissions). The gun part of the modifications are identical (155 / L39).

    A6

    A7