Photos from AUSA 2020. I think that it is an A7, but it could an A6. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. Thanks.
It’s a A7.
It is a standard M109A7, not the experimental ERCA (Extended Range Cannon Artillery), which has a much longer barrel w/out the bore evac.
That… that is a very John Holmes piece of equipment. Just sayin’.
Unofficially called the M109A8. I started an XM1299 last year. I’ve got enough good photos of it to give it a whirl. The rectangular housing at the base of the cannon is another giveaway. I found rather than try to build a box from styrene it was easier to cast a large resin block and then sand to shape and drill a hole on the front.
To achieve the proper caliber barrel, I will take the metal one from the PzH 2000 and replace it with the plastic one. I’ve never been 100% happy with the metal one on the PzH 2000 anyway as it’s too heavy and won’t stay where I want it. Reverting to the plastic one will be fine. Then I’ll chuck up the metal one in my lathe and profile it to conform to the XM12299 profile.
The ERCA makes sense and should extend the range of the 155mm shells to compete with the peer nation SPHs out there.