BAE Systems rolled out the improved PIM (Paladin Integrated Management) vehicle for military customers at a ceremony in York, Pa.
PIM represents the next generation howitzer in the M-109 Paladin line of vehicles. Using the cab structure and armament of the Paladin M109A6, the new PIM uses a “digital backbone, ” a feature uniting power generation capability that integrates electric elevation and traverse drives, electric rammer and a digital fire control system.
“The modernization of the Paladin is a critical step in providing the Army with a sustainable and supportable fleet of upgraded vehicles, ” said Joe McCarthy, vice president and general manager of the Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) systems for BAE Systems. “The roll-out of our PIM system will ensure that the HBCT continues to have the premier Fire Support Platform needed to support the warfighter.”
BAE Systems was awarded a $63.9 million contract in August 2009 to create seven PIM vehicles: five Self Propelled Howitzers and two Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles. PIM is the first of the seven vehicles awarded in that contract.