|“||We're starting this bad boy up.
- M109 Paladin
The Paladin's shells do not cause damage within a large radius, but the firepower is concentrated, dealing extensive damage against small and slow or stationary targets. This makes it devastating against structures and to some degree, armoured vehicles. And with its long range, the Paladin is one of the few artillery units that can outrange defenses safely.
The paladin also sports some armor, allowing it to usually withstand some fire, a counterattack and enemy artillery shells. The vehicle is produced from the Heavy Armor Depot and can be an effective cheaper solution over the more expensive M270 MLRS.
|“||Here comes the cheese!
- M109 Paladin
The M109 is an American-made self-propelled 155 mm howitzer, first introduced in the early 1960s. 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 has a crew of six: the section chief, the driver, the gunner, the assistant gunner and two ammunition handlers. The gunner aims the cannon left or right (deflection), the assistant gunner aims the cannon up and down (quadrant). The M109A6 Paladin needs only a crew of four: the commander, driver, gunner and ammunition loader.
Selected unit(s) will lay down a continuous barrage of fire at the target location designated.
- Eugen Systems, Atari, Act of War: Direct Action. March 15, 2005