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Panda to do M109A7 soon...
knewton
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Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 11:54 AM UTC
as seen at: https://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/newkitnews/panda_hobby.html

good news for some,

Kylie
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Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 05:06 PM UTC
Is the real one fielded? Or is it a kind of what-if? Anyway might be a good to the arty collection.
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 05:16 PM UTC

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Is the real one fielded? Or is it a kind of what-if? Anyway might be a good to the arty collection.



Some info about the M109A7
https://www.armyrecognition.com/united_states_us_army_artillery_vehicles_system_uk/m109a7_sph_paladin_155mm_self-propelled_howitzer_technical_data_sheet_specifications_pictures_video.html

"In April 2014, U.S. Army has received the first delivery of the first low-rate initial production M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer."

"Prototypes of the M109A7 began tests at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (Arizona) in 2008 when the original concept demonstrator was brought out for testing. Formal developmental testing began after that. Until now, over 10,000 test rounds have been fired. In 2013, this artillery system was approved for production and a contract was issued to BAE Systems to upgrade first M109A6 systems to the M109A7 standard. The US Army has planned to obtain a fleet of 580 M109A7 howitzers and the same number of associated M992A3 armored ammunition support vehicles. In April 2014, U.S. Army has received the first delivery of the first low-rate initial production M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer. In May 2014, US Army inducts M109A7 into low-rate initial production In November 2015, The U.S. Army awarded BAE Systems a contract option worth $245.3 million to complete the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer and M992A3 ammunition carrier. "
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017 - 02:55 AM UTC
The M109A7 PIM Howitzer is supposed to begin fielding in FY18. They are expected to be fully fielded, replacing all M109A6s by 2025.

backswampcub
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Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017 - 04:07 AM UTC
I will say it before the trash talk starts Panda kits have gotten better with each kit. So i have high hopes for this one.
Kenaicop
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Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017 - 05:21 AM UTC
Wouldn't those tracks be correct for the the Bradley?
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017 - 06:23 AM UTC

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Wouldn't those tracks be correct for the the Bradley?



Yes they would. They are the same T161 track as used on the latest Bradleys That is one feature of the M109A7 PIM (Paladin Integrated Management), it uses common running gear and automotive components of the Bradley.