FRIDAY FOTO (November 7, 2014)

November 7, 2014 at 2:05 am Leave a comment

Have (Big) Gun Will Travel.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Randy Florendo

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Randy Florendo

U.S. soldiers check the perimeter of an M109A6 Paladin howitzer during exercise Combined Resolve III  at the Army’s Hohenfels Training Area in Germany.

Combined Resolve III, a multinational exercise on the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas, includes more than 4,000 participants from NATO and partner nations. The soldiers in this photo are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. (Phew, that’s a mouthful.)

The Paladin, by the way is not a tank but a self-propelled 155-millimeter cannon, called a howitzer. It comes with its own defensive weapons like the machine gun atop the turret. First manufactured in 1962 to fight potential Cold War battles, the Paladin has been upgraded several times since then, including a $141.8 million contract to modify 18 Paladins and their companion tracked ammunition carrier, the M992A3, (see photo below)  according to Defense Industry Daily.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Randy Florendo)

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Randy Florendo)

To see more photos of the Combined Resolve III exercise, including Moldovan and Albanian troops, click here.

If you don’t know the significance of the headline accompanying today’s FRIFO, click here.

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