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Is this right, M109A8 info....
knewton
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 01:57 PM UTC
I was recently looking around the www for info on the proposed M109A8*, with a view to modelling the concept vehicle, when I noted that the majority of info was on Chinese language sites. Some of the info was very specific, and technical, and I found myself wondering whether it should be in the public domain or not. Surely there are some restrictions on publishing what could be opsec info?

Kylie

*Gino, HP, any good images appreciated
KurtLaughlin
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 02:45 PM UTC

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Surely there are some restrictions on publishing what could be opsec info?




If the thing hasn't been built yet it cannot have any effect on operational security . . .

KL
Frenchy
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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 01:18 AM UTC
All the pics I've found so far appear to show the new ERCA (Extended Range Cannon Artillery) gun fitted to a M109A6 hull for testing :



This new gun should be fitted to the yet-to-be-built M109A8....

It is six feet longer than the existing gun on the M109A7 howitzer seen in the foreground :



Full size

H.P.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 03:24 AM UTC
Right now it is just an experimental long-range XM907 cannon mated to existing M109A6 Paladins for testing. There is no M109A8 prototype. I have not even seen a proposal for a "new" vehicle to carry the longer barreled cannon. As to OPSEC, it is pretty much all in the public domain, so not an OPSEC violation.
knewton
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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 07:34 AM UTC
Thank you, gents, for the clarification.

Kylie