M109A5 Self-Propelled Howitzer - Papago AAF, Phoenix, AZ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member kb7ywl
N 33° 27.981 W 111° 57.759
12S E 410547 N 3703402
Quick Description: M109A5 Self-Propelled Howitzer
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 2/21/2012 3:48:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMDT65
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Long Description:
The M109 is an American-made self-propelled 155mm howitzer, first introduced in the early 1960's. It was upgraded a number of times to today's M109A6 Paladin. The M109 family is the most common Western indirect-fire support weapon of maneuver brigades of armored and mechanized infantry divisions.

The M109 was the medium variant of a US program to adopt a common chassis for its self-propelled artillery units. The light version, the M108 Howitzer, was phased out during the Vietnam War, but many were rebuilt as M109's.

The M109 saw its combat debut in Vietnam. Israel used the M109 against Egypt in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and in the 1982 Lebanon War and 2006 Lebanon War. Iran used the M109 in the Iran–Iraq War, in the 1980's. The M109 saw service with the British Army, the Egyptian Army and Saudi Arabian Army in the 1991 Gulf War. The M109 also saw service with the US Army in the Gulf War, as well as in the Iraq War from 2003 to present.

Upgrades to the cannon, ammunition, fire control, survivability, and other electronics systems over the design's lifespan have expanded the system's capabilities, including tactical nuclear projectiles, Cannon Launched Guided Projectiles (CLGP or Copperhead), Rocket Assisted Projectile (RAP), FAmily of SCAtterable Mines (FASCAM), and improved conventional munitions (the Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munition, DPICM).

The developing BCT Ground Combat Vehicle Program will likely replace the M109 as well as many other US Army vehicles.

Armament: 1-M284 155mm main gun; 1-M2 .50 caliber machine gun, or 1-Mk19 Mod3 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher, or M60 or M240 7.62mm machine gun

Crew: 6

Max Speed: 35 mph

Source: Wikipedia
Location restrictions:
Located on the right inside the gate. Papago AAF is on the north side of E McDowell Rd in the 5500 block, Phoenix, AZ

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