M109A6 Paladin

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M109A6 Paladin
M109A6 Paladin
Details
Tier / Class:
8 SPG
Nation:
United States
Dealer:
Zhang Feng
Reputation:
1,080,000
Cost:
8,160,000
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
805
DPM:
4,390 (4,879)
Penetration:
52 mm
Hit Points:
2,100
Hull F/S/R:
50 / 50 / 30
Turret F/S/R:
50 / 50 / 50
Max Speed:
55.80 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
6.36 (5.19) s
Hull Traverse:
30.90 (33.90) deg/s
Camouflage:
20%
Vision:
370 m
Accuracy (Spread):
0.17°
Max Cannon Depression:
-6.0 / -1.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
22.00 deg/s

The M109A6 Paladin is a tier 8 Self-Propelled Gun originating from the United States, and is sold by Zhang Feng. It can be unlocked from the Palmaria, and unlocks a tier 9 Unlock Token, which can be used on the Panzerhaubitze 2000 or WPB Anders.

Currently, all SPGs in the game are locked to PvE mode.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Self propelled guns: fire support vehicles for PvE missions.
  • High caliber: the high caliber weaponry deals an increased damage.
  • Smoke generators : generate a smoke screen around the vehicle.

Player Recommendations[edit | edit source]

As a self-propelled gun, the Paladin is best used as a support vehicle for helping the team progress by removing heavily armored targets such as MBTs from the battle. Teamwork is needed for those both working with and playing an SPG. Teammates should be asked to call out targets if they are in trouble, and front-line vehicles should be supported in the battle.

Pros and Cons[edit | edit source]

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • High mobility with upgraded engine
  • Short reload for a single shot cannon
  • Relatively good armor for an SPG

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Poor aiming time
  • Relatively inaccurate

Upgrade Suggestions[edit | edit source]

Improved Fire Control Systems and Improved Ready Racks will increase effective damage output. Upgrading to the DDEC LHR Diesel Engine will expedite movement between firing locations. Other upgrades such as Spall Liner, Improved Shock Absorbers and Upgraded Exhaust Smoke are less important and can be disregarded until later.

Retrofit Suggestions[edit | edit source]

  • Advanced Fire Control
  • Advanced Muzzle Reference System
  • Improved Gun Breech
  • Improved Turret Drive

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[edit | edit source]

  • Commander: Freja Højbjerg, for improvements to aim speed and overall accuracy
  • Driver: Smooth Ride, Off-Road Driving
  • Gunner: Sharpshooter, Do the Twist
  • Loader: Rapid Fire, Explosive Shells

Armor[edit | edit source]

M109A6 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull F/S/R Hull Composition Turret F/S/R Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 50/50/30 Aluminum 50/50/50 Aluminum
While relatively well armored for an SPG, its aluminum body cannot withstand fire from anything larger than medium autocannon fire.


Firepower[edit | edit source]

155mm M284 Howitzer
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
155mm M449 HE HE Stock 805 52mm 0.17° 300 m/s 11.00s


Mobility[edit | edit source]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Detroit Diesel 8V71T Diesel Engine Stock Stock 55.80km/h {{{reverse}}} 6.36s {{{0-max}}} 30.90deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Detroit Diesel 8V71T LHR Diesel Engine 17,285 293,825 55.80km/h {{{reverse}}} 5.19s {{{0-max}}} 33.90deg/s {{{firechance}}}



Upgrades[edit | edit source]

M109A6 Technology
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 27,655 470,130 Increases vehicle HP by 150.


Upgraded Exhaust Smoke 41,485 705,195 Provides a total of eight exhaust smoke deployments with a two-round magazine. Individual charges are on a six second cooldown, with an eighty second cooldown for the magazine.


Improved Fire Control System 58,335 991,680 Reduces aim time by 20%.


Improved Ready Racks 140,440 2,387,375 Increases the reload speed by 10%.


Improved Shock Absorbers 15,990 271,795 Increases the reload speed by 10%.


History[edit | edit source]

Class: Self-Propelled Gun
Developed: 1991
Service: 1991+
Vehicles Built: 992
Operators: USA, Saudi Arabia

The M109A6 Paladin is the last mass-produced service version of the venerable M109. It was produced between 1991 and 1999 with 992 vehicles built. Compared to the older versions of the M109 series the Paladin is equipped with a sophisticated fire control and localization system. This heavily modernized element allows it to rapidly aim – a Paladin can fire within 60 seconds from coming to full halt. This ability helps to protect the Paladin from counter-battery fire. Additionally the Paladin can fire very advanced ammunition such as the M982 Excalibur ultra-precise extended range round that allows the Paladin to perform even danger close fire missions. The upgraded M284 howitzer has a sustained rate of fire of around 4 rounds per minute and the maximum range with special ammunition is over 30 kilometers.

The M109A6 Paladin – or, rather the M109 series in general – was not supposed to be serving this long and numerous replacements were developed at one point or another by the U.S. military. However the failures to produce a suitable replacement prolonged the service of this venerable vehicle family to the 21st century. While a successful export item, the Paladin was lately replaced by several notable militaries by competing projects, the British AS90 and the German Panzerhaubitze 2000. Nevertheless an upgrade of the Paladin for the U.S. Army (the M109A7, built on the Bradley chassis) was already approved and so the M109 series will continue to serve, possibly for decades to come.

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