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buglerbilly - 12-5-2017 at 11:05 AM

IDEF 2017: Aselsan develops new 120 mm mortar system

Christopher F Foss, Istanbul - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

11 May 2017

Aselsan has unveiled a new 120 mm rifled mortar system called the AHS-120 at the IDEF 2017 exhibition in Istanbul.

The first example is fitted with a 120 mm rifled barrel with an overall length of 1.9 m, which has been supplied by MKEK. This type is already in use by the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC), although a 120 mm smoothbore barrel could be fitted if required.

The AHS-120 is fitted with an automatic loading system to reduce crew fatigue and increase rate of fire. This arrangement only requires the loader to place a mortar bomb with its propelling charge and fuze system on the loading device to ready the weapon for a fire mission.

Maximum range depends on the type of 120 mm mortar bomb being fired and its associated charge system, but Aselsan is quoting a typical maximum range of 8,000 m and a minimum range of 100 m.

The system is fitted with the company's computerised fire-control system (FCS), which includes a map display. This is coupled to the inertial navigation system (INS) and muzzle velocity radar. The system can also receive meteorological data from an external source via a datalink.

The FCS employs the standard NATO Armaments Ballistics Kernel (NABK). It can also be integrated with the Aselsan Fire Support Automation System (AFSAS) as well as forward observation observer systems and artillery location radars.

Traverse is all electric 3200 mils on the horizontal axis, while elevation is all electric from +800 to + 1,300 mils. The mortar is also equipped with an emergency stop and a manual reversionary mode of operation.

The AHS-120 would normally draw power from the vehicle's on board supply but the turntable system is also fitted with its own batteries so it can be deployed in a standalone configuration.


Aselsan's new AHS-120 120 mm muzzle loaded mortar has electric traverse and elevation and is fitted with a computerised fire-control system and automatic loading system. (Christopher F Foss)

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buglerbilly - 27-6-2017 at 08:49 PM

Published: Tuesday, 27 June 2017 07:54

Sisu, Patria demonstrate high mobility 120 mm mortar system

The Finnish vehicles manufacturer Sisu Auto recently participated in a live firing drill, in which the company combined its 8x8 hook-lift truck with Patria's Nemo Container, the world’s first 120 mm mortar system integrated with a container and unveiled during IDEX 2017.
 

Sisu's 8x8 truck combined to Patria's brand new Nemo 120 mm mortar container
(Credit: Sisu)

The combination of Sisu and Patria know-how provides a flexible and mobile fire support solution. During the live firing exercise, the mortar system successfully provided both direct and indirect fires.

Patria's 120 mm mortar container has its own power unit and air conditioning. In addition to an access hatch, the container has an escape hatch. The customer can select NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) filtration systems, as well as the desired ballistic protection, made either of steel plates or ceramic armour. High-durability steel plating 8 to 10mm thick adds around three tons to the weight of the container.

The container has space for one hundred mortar bombs. It has a crew of three: two loaders and a gunner, who also acts as the commander of the unit. The key benefit of the Patria Nemo Container is its easy mobility, which is unique to mortar systems of this caliber.

The container can be easily moved into a firing position on a high-speed boat, a ship or on a truck; the container can also fire from any of these carriers and naturally also from the ground. For example, the container’s versatile mobility enables coastal jaeger platoons to relocate this independent firing unit during a mission.

The SISU 8×8 model features an integrated load handling mechanism, which gives the vehicle a low centre of gravity and a low overall height. As a result, the SISU 8×8 can be transported in an aircraft (e.g. Hercules C-130). When loaded with a 1CC container, the total height of the truck using the standard 14.00R20 off road tires does not exceed 4 meters.

The SISU 8×8 model features an integrated load handling mechanism, which gives the vehicle a low centre of gravity and a low overall height. As a result, the SISU 8×8 can be transported in an aircraft (e.g. Hercules C-130). When loaded with a 1CC container, the total height of the truck using the standard 14.00R20 off road tires does not exceed 4 meters.


Sisu's 8x8 truck combined to Patria's brand new Nemo 120 mm mortar container
(Credit: Sisu)

buglerbilly - 5-7-2017 at 11:24 AM

Poland receives first Rak 120 mm mortar vehicles

Remigiusz Wilk, Warsaw - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

03 July 2017

The Polish 17 Mechanised Brigade's 1 Mechanised Battalion based in Miedzyrzecz received eight self-propelled 120 mm Rak mortar systems and four all-wheel drive (AWD) command post vehicles on 30 June.


Poland has received its first Rak 120 mm mortar vehicles. (Polish Ministry of Defence)

The brigade is currently equipped with 247 Rosomak-based vehicles.

Two AWR 4x4 artillery reconnaissance vehicles based on the AMZ-Kutno Zubr, three Jelcz-based AWA ammunition supply vehicles, an AWRU mobile workshop, and a WZ 6x6 support vehicle still have to be delivered to fully equip an 80-strong mortar company.

The next mortar company to receive Raks, by the end of 2017, will be from 12 Mechanised Brigade in Szczecin.

Poland has ordered equipment for eight mortar companies, including 64 Rak mortars and 32 AWDs, both based on the Rosomak 8x8 chassis, under a PLN970 million (USD262 million) contract with Huta Stalowa Wola in April 2016.

The Rosomak chassis were ordered under a separate contract in 2013.

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buglerbilly - 5-7-2017 at 11:36 AM

L3 awarded M783 mortar fuze contract

04th July 2017 - 12:30

by The Shephard News Team



L3 Technologies will supply the US Army with M783 Point Detonating/Delay mortar fuzes and M734A1 Multi-Option Fuze for Mortars under a $89.2 million contract announced on 29 June.

If fully exercised, the value of the multi-year contract could reach more than $230 million.

The US Army uses the M783 and M734A1 fuzes for mortars for close range and indirect fire support in combat operations.

Todd Gautier, president of L3’s Electronic Systems business segment, said: ‘This award strengthens our long-term partnership with the US Army. The advanced capabilities of these mortar fuzes deliver unsurpassed safety, performance and reliability to the warfighter. We are proud to have delivered these fuzes to the army for the past 20 years.’

bug2 - 5-9-2017 at 01:49 PM

Posted On Monday, 04 September 2017 13:35

The latest member of Patria’s Game Changers of the Battlefield – Patria Nemo Container – showcased for the first time at the IDEX 2017, has completed successfully its first test firings on truck platform, the Finnish company said on Sept. 1st.


Patria's Nemo Container mobile mortar system
(Credit: Patria)

Patria Nemo Container was undergoing vigorous test firings both on Sisu ETP E13 8x8 off-road truck as well as stand-alone on ground during Patria’s tests in Finland. These tests were mainly concentrated around testing the integration of the Nemo mortar system into a sea container - in other words testing the interface of the turreted mortar system and the 20” sea container. Also, another important part was testing the interface of the Patria Nemo Container and Sisu ETP E13 8x8 off-road truck.

Patria Nemo Container was performing as expected and the ground breaking concept of the 20” sea container with 120 mm turreted mortar system was proving its ingenuity by combining unforeseen flexibility/mobility & firepower. It is able to operate as a stand-alone firing unit, both with direct as well as with indirect fire, thus being ideal for camp protection.

More importantly Nemo Container proved it is mobile and agile as its “brothers” integrated directly onto land (Patria Nemo) or naval platforms (Patria Nemo Navy). Patria Nemo Container was functioning perfectly while being on container truck – this time on armoured Sisu ETP13 8x8. Rapid response, accuracy, shoot & scoot, firepower, protection, mobility - all the characteristics of Patria’s “Game Changers of the Battlefield” were accomplished.

Patria Nemo Container opens up - a whole new market segment for Patria’s Game Changers of the Battlefield – the advantages of modern turreted mortar systems combined with unlimited variety of platforms – both on land & sea.

bug2 - 11-9-2017 at 02:22 PM

MSPO 2017: ROSOMAK with HITFACT Unveiled


MSPO 2017 saw a new version of a multirole workhorse of the Polish Army, the wheeled ROSOMAK (WOLVERINE) vehicle, equipped with a HITFACT 120mm gun provided by Leonardo. (Photo: Robert Czulda)
 
MSPO 2017 saw a new version of a multirole workhorse of the Polish Army, the wheeled ROSOMAK (WOLVERINE) vehicle, equipped with a HITFACT 120mm gun provided by Leonardo.

According to the producer, it is a, “self-propelled mortar designed for indirect, semi-direct and direct fire.” The vehicle is integrated with the C4I system, based on Polish TOPAZ and is equipped with a TALIN 5000 INS + GPS + odometer. The declared rate of fire is 6-8 rounds per minute.

To install a 120mm gun, the length of a vehicle must be increased by roughly 40cm compared to a standard ROSOMAK.

No further details are available because it is just a conceptual proposal provided by the producer of the ROSOMAK vehicles –  Rosomak SA company from Siemianowice Śląskie. Currently this variant is not planned to enter service.

It is important to note that during MSPO 2015 the Rosomak SA company presented the ROSOMAK vehicle with the XC-8 120 HP turret and a 120mm smoothbore gun provided by Cockerill (variant codenamed WILK – WOLF). During MSPO 2015, the ROSOMAK with the CMI CT-CV 105mm gun was presented.

During MSPO 2017, several other variants of the ROSOMAK are presented. Among them is the ROSOMAK-WEM (Wóz Ewakuacji Medycznej) for MEDEVAC operations and ROSOMAK-WRT (Wóz Rozpoznania Technicznego) for so-called ‘technical recognition.’

Its role is to provide basic technical assistance to damaged vehicles. 34 such vehicles have already been ordered by the Polish Armed Forces. ROSOMAK-WRT is the first vehicle of the Polish Army which is armed with the remotely-controlled weapon station, known as ZSMU-1276A (with 7.62 mm UKM-2000C machine-gun) provided by ZM Tarnów. The first WRTs were delivered to the 17th Mechanized Brigade in December 2017. The first WEMs were handed over in December 2007. In total 31 WEMs were ordered by Poland.

bug2 - 13-9-2017 at 10:42 PM

DSEI 2017: Saab launches new mortar ammunition

13th September 2017 - 11:09 GMT | by Alice Budge in London



Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland (SBDS), a subsidiary of Saab, has launched a new 120mm mortar ammunition at DSEI this year.

Known as 'Thor', the mortar features preformed fragmentation technology and has already received interest from potential customers.

According to Christopher Leitner, head of marketing and sales at Saab, SBDS is expecting to announce its first customer for Thor at the end of the year, with the ammunition currently in small-scale production.

The demand has been driven by an apparent lack of heavy fire support in European battalions, he said, adding that there is a growing trend for mortar systems that are highly mobile, built into 8x8 or 6x6 vehicles.

A further trend in mortar technology is the proliferation and popularity of mobile launchers, with the emphasis falling on a requirement for increased mobility.

The preformed fragmentation technology ‘creates a very even pattern of fragments… same size, same speed, which gives a very predictable area of engagement,’ Leitner explained. 

The technology allows for improved predictability of the fragmentation fire, enabling the ammunition to be used at short ranges and to reduce instances of unintended collateral damage to civilian populations.

Multidimensional fragmentation means that the shapes, materials and the size of the fragments can all be specified during production enabling the creation of mission and target specific mortars.

Thor has been test fired from various systems within Switzerland and has demonstrated the ability to penetrate soft, semi-hard and hard targets through the optimisation of fragment spray which has boosted performance by 50%.

Also on display is Saab’s Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system, which is currently in service with over 40 countries across the world.  

Saab has announced that it has signed a framework contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) for deliveries of ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf system.

The contract enables NDMA to place orders for live and training ammunition rounds for 2017-2022 and will be delivered to the Norwegian Armed Forces who currently operate the M2 and M3 versions of the system.

bug2 - 13-9-2017 at 10:54 PM

DSEi 2017: Saab unveils new Thor 120mm mortar ammunition

DSEI 2017 News Online Show Daily Coverage Report

Posted On Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:12

Defence and security company Saab launched its new 120mm mortar ammunition, THOR, at the DSEI 2017 exhibition in London, United Kingdom. The all-new THOR is a 120mm mortar round developed with a unique design, combining different shapes, materials and fragmentation sizes to attain the desired effect on the target.

Saab's new Thor 120 mm mortar round at DSEi 2017

The new Thor ammunition is developed by Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland (SBDS), a subsidiary to Saab and part of business area Dynamics. At DSEI 2017, the new mortar round will be showcased to the market for the first time.

“We are very excited to launch this new product to the market at this year’s DSEI. Our MAPAM® mortar round revolutionised the way infantry units approached mortar-based combat, and now, with our new THOR 120mm mortar round, we are pushing the boundaries even further”, says Stephan Kocher, head of Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland.

Traditional airburst mortar rounds fitted with a proximity fuze disperse fragments in nearly every direction. This decreases the mortar’s effect in the target as over 50 percent of the fragments are scattered upwards. THOR offers more than twice the effect compared to a conventional 120mm mortar round while, at the same time, it delivers fragment loss reduction of up to 20 percent, making the round a perfect short range alternative to heavy 155mm artillery.

THOR’s Insensitive Munition (IM) signature provides additional safety for mortar crews. THOR also offers controlled safety zones to protect own troops, as well as to avoid civilian collateral damage.

“THOR’s fragmentation provides predictable safe zones which makes your effects more foreseeable and accurate. This new mortar round will give the user a much higher chance of defeating the targets, something that normally would have required heavier support”, says Christopher Leitner, Head of Marketing & Sales at Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland.

THOR Key features:
- Lethality approx. 250 percent of a standard 120mm round
- Range approximately 8,500m
- Controlled safety zones to protect own troops, as well as to avoid collateral damage
-Optimised safety for mobile mortar systems due to IM classification
- Cylindrical central body design to enhance the lethality effect
- Adaptable fragment shapes and quantities
- Spheres can be optimized for range and lethality
- Optimised to defeat various threats on the battlefield including hardened targets

THOR technical specifications:
- Calibre: 120mm
- Weight approx: 15 kg
- Length approx: 770mm
- Max range approx: 8500m
- Number of fragments depending on configuration: Max. 4,250 steel balls, Max. 4,250 fragments
IM explosive: 3.4 kg PBXN-110
- Optional explosive: 1 kg blast explosive

SBDS is an industry leader in the design, development and production of mortar rounds, warheads, less-lethal applications and other energetic products. The company is a specialist in total munitions life cycle management and provides servicing of different ammunition types, mainly for large-calibre products.

SBDS operates as a subsidiary of Saab, within business area Dynamics, and is based in Thun, Switzerland, where it maintains a state-of-the-art development and production site with advanced test and simulation facilities.

bug2 - 27-9-2017 at 05:30 PM

Tatra unveils new self-propelled 120mm mortar on Pandur II CZ

Posted On Tuesday, 26 September 2017 09:08

During the NATO Days in Czech Republic, Tatra Defence Vehicle has presented a self-propelled mortar vehicle, a new variant in the Pandur II CZ 8x8 armoured vehicle family. Tatra has developed this vehicle to response to a new request of the Czech army for a fire support vehicle.


New Pandur II CZ 8x8 armoured in 120mm self-propelled martra carrier configuration at NATO Days in Czech Republic (Photo source Armyweb CZ)

In 2006, General Dynamics announced that the Czech Republic has selected its European Land Combat Systems subsidiary Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH of Austria to supply its army with 199 new eight-wheeled Pandur II armored personnel carriers (APCs) between 2007-2012.

The Czech army is equipped with six versions of the Pandur II CZ including, APC , command post, reconnaissance (in two modifications - with and without a radar), engineer and medical vehicles.

The Pandur II CZ in mortar configuration is fitted with a Soltam Cardom 120 mm caliber mounted at the rear of the vehicle. The Cardom is an autonomous, computerized 120mm recoil mortar system for mounting on light and medium armoured tracked carriers and wheeled armoured vehicles.



The 120mm Soltam Cardom mortar system has a traverse of 360°, it can fire from inside or from outside of the vehicle. In the vehicle, it fires through tow roof hatches, that open on each side of the vehicle.

It has a maximum firing range of 6,800 meters with a rate of intense fire is 16 rounds per minute, however rate of sustained fire. A first round can be fired within 30 seconds from travelling.

A total of 50 rounds of ammunition are stored inside the vehicle.

The Pandur II CZ 120mm mortar could be fitted with a battlefield information management system, which links up with other similarly equipped vehicles and command posts. A digital fire control system can be integrated with navigation, self-positioning and aiming systems. The fire control system can operate in automatic laying mode, once it receives target data from an observation position.

bug2 - 9-10-2017 at 07:55 PM

Sweden’s twin 120 mm mortar system takes shape

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

08 October 2017

Key Points
- The Swedish Army’s new Mjolner twin 120 mm mortar system is expected to undergo firing trials
- Forty Swedish Army CV90 infantry fighting vehicles will be equipped with the Mjolner system

BAE Systems Hagglunds is set to conduct manned firing trials of a prototype/demonstrator of the 120 mm Mjolner twin mortar system that it is developing for integration into CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) in Swedish Army service.


The first BAE Systems Mjolner twin 120 mm demonstrator will soon start its first manned firings with 40 production systems to be delivered to the Swedish Army by 2020. (BAE Systems Hagglunds)

The SEK575 million (USD68 million) fixed price contract was awarded to BAE Systems Hagglunds by the Swedish Defence Material Command (FMV) in December 2016 to provide army mechanised battalions with a highly mobile and survivable indirect fire capability. The vehicles will be designated GRKPBV90.

Under the terms of the contract, the company will supply the first production standard Mjolner 120 mm twin mortar system in 2019, with a total of 40 delivered by 2020.

These will be integrated into CV90 platforms originally built for the 120 mm AMOS (Advanced MOrtar System), which had been jointly developed by BAE Systems Hagglunds and Patria to meet the requirements of Finland and Sweden.

The Mjolner comprises two 120 mm smoothbore mortars that are muzzle loaded using a mechanical ammunition handing system. The system is operated by a four-person crew of the driver, commander, and two ammunition loaders.

According to BAE Systems Hagglunds, the system takes less than two minutes to come into action and carry out a fire mission and with the first four 120 mm mortar bombs being fired in about eight seconds.

It takes less than one minute to come out of action and maximum rate of fire is stated to be up to 16 rounds a minute with a sustained rate of fire of up 10 rounds a minute.

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bug2 - 10-10-2017 at 05:03 PM

Russia to complete first stage of Lotos 2S42 artillery system

Posted On Friday, 29 September 2017 08:42

The working design documentation on the advanced 2S42 Lotos 120mm self-propelled artillery system will be fully prepared before the end of the month, CEO of Russia’s Central Research Institute for Precision Machine-Building (TsNIITochMash) Dmitry Semizorov told TASS.


Scale model of Russian project 2S42 Lotos 120mm self-propelled mortar carrier for airborne troops at Army-2017, the International Military Technical Forum (September 2017)

"The first stage, during which the working design documentation will be prepared, will be completed in September," Semizorov said.

"We are expected to fully develop the system in 2019 and then hold its state trials with the advanced Zavet-D artillery control vehicle," he added.

The Lotos is a derivative of the Zauralets project and is expected to replace it. Under the Zauralets project, a new self-propelled artillery system for the Airborne Force was planned to be developed.

As Semizorov said earlier, a 120mm weapon will be the Lotos system’s main armament. Its artillery round will be heavily upgraded. It will be almost on a par with a 152mm round by its power.

According to TsNIITochMash’s CEO, the military ordered to launch the serial production of the promising self-propelled system in 2020.

A scale model of the 2S42 Lotos was presented for the first time on the booth of the Russian Ministry of Defense at Army-2017, the International Military Technical Forum which was held near Moscow in August 2017.

bug2 - 13-10-2017 at 06:02 PM

Arms and Security 2017: Ukroboronservice displays Mobile Mortar Complex

Samuel Cranny-Evans - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 October 2017

At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, Serhii Prolubschykov, the Deputy Chief of the Commercial Department at Ukroboronservice, provided details of a new mobile mortar system geared towards special forces and airborne troops.


The Ukroboronservice Mobile Mortar Complex with the mortar deployed by a hydraulic automatic lift and control panel to the rear right of the vehicle. (IHS Markit/Samuel Cranny-Evans)

Currently in trials with the Ukrainian Army, the Mobile Mortar Complex (MMC) is designed around a battery of six mortar vehicles, a single command-and-control platform, and a supporting logistics vehicle. The system is air-transportable and based on the Kia KM-450 chassis. It can use both 81 mm and 120 mm mortars and has a maximum range of 7.2 km.

A battery is designed to ‘shoot and scoot’, which for the Ukrainian forces means the ability to fire within 35 seconds of travelling and move from combat to travel within 25 seconds.

This means that the MMC can redeploy after firing eight rounds before the majority of ordnance has hit the target area, thereby complicating the task of counter-battery fire.

The development arose from the requirements of modern warfare, which Ukroboronservice interprets to mean “precision firepower, rapid information management, and rapid relocation”.

The project is the result of two years’ work, with the technology developed in co-ordination with the Spanish company Everis.

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bug2 - 31-10-2017 at 10:05 PM

Details of Sweden’s 120 mm Mjolner development emerge

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

29 October 2017


Artist’s impression of the CV9040 fitted with the Mjolner twin 120 mm mortar turret. The hull and turret have been fitted with applique armour and clearly shows its extended turret bustle. Source: BAE Systems Hagglunds

Manned firing trials of the prototype/demonstrator of BAE Systems Hagglunds’ CV90 twin 120 mm Mjolner mortar system are now underway and it is expected that the Critical Design Review (CDR) will take place by the end of 2017, which will lead to the design freeze and allow production to commence.

When completed, the Mjolner system will enter Swedish Army service as the GRKPBV90.

Major Nils Carlsson, Future Organisation Mortar Development Officer of the Swedish Army provided additional details of the Mjolner programme at the Defence IQ Future Mortar conference held in London, UK.

Production of the twin 120 mm Mjolner turret systems will start in 2018 with deliveries to run from late 2018 or early 2019 through to 2020.

This work will be undertaken at the BAE Systems Hagglunds facility where the CV90 series platforms are being overhauled.

The turret will be built by BAE Systems Hagglunds with the twin 120 mm smooth bore barrels sourced from Slovakia.

Each of the five CV9040 mechanised battalions of the Swedish Army will be issued with eight CV90 twin 120 mm Mjolner mortar systems.

Each system will be supported by a Bv 206 tracked articulated all terrain load carrier that will carry additional 120 mm mortar ammunition.

The CV90 120 mm Mjolner system will fire the currently deployed 120 mm high-explosive (HE), smoke and illuminating projectiles, although in the longer term a more effective HE round with improved fragmentation effects could be procured.

It can also fire the Strix 120 mm top attack mortar bomb that was developed by the now Saab Dynamics and also sold to Switzerland. This has a maximum range of 7,500 m and is fitted with a nose-mounted infrared seeker and a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead that is designed to penetrate the vulnerable upper surfaces of main battle tanks (MBT) and other armoured fighting vehicles.

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bug2 - 21-11-2017 at 12:01 AM

France set to field Griffon 120 mm mortar system

Christopher F Foss - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

19 November 2017

The French Army will field a mortar-equipped variant of the 6x6 Griffon armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with the TDA Armements SAS120 mm 2R2M Recoiling Rifled Mortar (RRM) as part of its SCORPION vehicle recapitalisation programme.

The Griffon is officially called the Véhicule Blindé Multi Role (VBMR) and is being developed by a consortium comprising Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense, and Thales Communications & Security.

The 120 mm 2R2M RRM mortar variant is called the Mortier Embarqué Pour l’Appui au Contact (MEPAC). The vehicle’s projected in-service date is not presently known.


Renault Trucks Defense 6×6 VAB fitted with the TDA Armements SAS 120 mm 2R2M Recoiling Rifled Mounted Mortar. (Christopher F Foss)

The weapon will be installed in the rear of the Griffon and fire through the open hatches. A computerised fire control system (FCS) and navigation system provide increased accuracy.

In addition to firing conventional natures of 120 mm ammunition including high-explosive (HE), smoke, illuminating and rocket assisted projectiles, it will also fire a precision guided munition (PGM) currently under development.

This ammunition is the same as that used in the currently deployed TDA Armements SAS 120 mm MO-120-RT towed mortar system. Maximum range depends on projectile type and charge, but it is 8,135 m using a standard HE mortar bomb.

The 2R2M RRM mortar is installed on a turntable mount with powered traverse and elevation, and is fitted with a load assist device.

The weapon was originally developed by the company as a private venture and has already been tested in France integrated into a 6×6 version of Renault Trucks Defense Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé (VAB) as well as a General Dynamics European Land Systems 8×8 MOWAG Piranha.

It is known to have been adopted by Italy on its 8×8 Freccia and tracked Dardo infantry fighting vehicles, Malaysia’s FNSS ACV-19 (with the AV8 platform following soon), Oman’s upgraded 6×6 VAB, and Saudi Arabia’s upgraded M113 series APCs.

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bug2 - 20-12-2017 at 05:47 PM

Marine Corps Ditches Towed Mortar System in Push to Fund Modernization


Marines with Battery B, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, load an Expeditionary Fire Support System 120mm Mortar during a live fire demonstration at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Nov. 17, 2016. The demonstration offered the opportunity to show the capability and mobility of the mortar system. Cpl. Timothy Valero/Marine Corps

Military.com 19 Dec 2017 By Hope Hodge Seck

In a push to build its modernization budget and invest in new technologies, the Marine Corps has hauled at least one program of record to the curb -- and is looking for more to cut.

The Corps has already divested of the 120mm Expeditionary Fire Support System to make way for other capabilities, Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, told Military.com in an interview.

The EFSS, fielded in the early 2000s, was designed to be extremely portable, small enough to be towed by an all-terrain vehicle that fits easily inside an MV-22 Osprey.

Made by General Dynamics, the full system weighs roughly 18 pounds and can fire high-explosive, smoke and illumination rounds. The system was fired in combat for the first time in 2011.

The news that the Marine Corps is cutting ties with the program is something of a surprise, considering the service was in the process of acquiring a new round: the Raytheon-made GPS-guided precision extended range munition, or PERM, expected to increase the accuracy of the system and extend its range from roughly five miles to 10.

In 2015, Raytheon inked a $98 million contract with the Corps for the delivery of PERM; the round was to have been fielded to Marine units next year.

But Walsh said the Marine Corps is working to extend the range of its artillery arsenal, particularly its M777 howitzer. With its limited range, the EFSS may not be well suited to what Marine leaders perceive as the Corps' future mission.

"We made that decision to divest of it, and we're going to move that money into some other area, probably into the precision fires area," Walsh said. "So programs that we see as not as viable, this [program objective memorandum] development that we're doing right now is to really look at those areas critically and see what can we divest of to free money up to modernize."

Walsh said the Marine Corps wants to see a boost of about 5 percent in its modernization budget. The just-passed Fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act included a modest bump in procurement, with much of the additional money earmarked for investment in ground vehicles.

As the Corps plans for 2020 and beyond, Walsh said the service is looking inside the organization to find savings and "investment trade-offs" in order to get the money it needs.
While Walsh said he could not yet identify other Marine Corps programs that had been marked for divestiture, he noted that operations and maintenance funding may also be examined in order to move more money into modernization.

"The commandant has told us ... I wouldn't say that he has modernization over readiness -- readiness is important -- but he's told us to look real hard at our ops and maintenance accounts that aren't tied specifically to unit readiness," he said.

"We can look ... to determine across the [Marine Air-Ground Task Force] where we can find money and move it into the modernization area to get that slope up higher within the Marine Corps," Walsh said.

-- Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.

bug2 - 20-12-2017 at 07:10 PM

A bit of a surprise that the USMC are doing this BUT then again Budgets are tight, so something had to go......................

bug2 - 4-1-2018 at 11:32 AM

Bars-8 mortar carrier undertakes acceptance trials

Christopher F Foss - Jane's International Defence Review

03 January 2018

A Ukraine Mobile Mortar Complex (MMC) system is undergoing acceptance trials in Ukraine, Jane’s understands.

The MMC consists of an Alakran Light Mortar System (LMS) integrated into the rear of a Bars-8 (4x4) armoured vehicle.

The Alakran has been developed by the Aerospace and Defense Division of Spain’s Everis and its compatriot New Technologies Global Systems (NTGS); the integration for the MMC has been conducted under contract from Ukroboronservice.


The Alakran mortar is integrated into the rear of a Bars-8 vehicle for Ukraine's MMC.. (Everis/NTGS)

For the MMC application a Ukraine-supplied smoothbore 120 mm calibre tube is utilised and deployed through the two rear doors of the Bars-8. The tube is fitted with a muzzle-mounted device that prevents double loading.

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bug2 - 15-3-2018 at 09:11 AM

Czech Republic seeks new 120 mm mortar system

Christopher F Foss, London - Jane's International Defence Review

14 March 2018

The Czech Republic is seeking a new 120 mm mortar system, an official of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has confirmed during the Omega Conferences and Events Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, United Kingdom.

Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sufajzi of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR)’s Land Forces Armament Department, Armaments and Acquisition Division, noted that the tender process is expected to commence in May 2021 with a potential contract signature late in 2021 and deliveries to run from 2023 through to 2025.


The Patria 120 mm NEMO turreted mortar system, shown here integrated onto a Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle, is a potential contender for the Army of the Czech

Potential contenders for the ACR’s 120 mm requirement include the Finnish Patria 120 mm NEMO turreted mortar which is currently deployed by the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) integrated onto a General Dynamics Land Systems 8x8 LAV-II and by the United Arab Emirates on a naval platform.

Other contenders are the Finnish/Swedish twin 120 mm AMOS currently deployed by Finland integrated onto a Patria 8x8 Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) and the Polish HSW 120 mm M120K Rak turret system integrated onto a Patria AMV, which is known as the Rosomak by the Polish Army.

While the preference is for a turret-mounted 120 mm mortar system with a total of 62 units to be procured, other types of 120 mm mortar systems may also be considered, such as the Swiss RUAG Cobra turntable-mounted mortar.

The service currently operates two types of 120 mm mortars with the standard dismounted mortar being the Type 82 with a maximum range of 8,036 m and a maximum rate of fire of up 12 rds/min. The Type 82 is towed by a 8x8 Tatra 815 truck, although it can also be carried internally and rapidly unloaded using the power-operated tail lift.

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bug2 - 23-3-2018 at 11:24 PM

Russian army Southern Military District to receive Sani 2S12A 120mm mortar

Posted On Friday, 23 March 2018 11:23

Russian army Southern Military District motorized infantry large unit based in the Rostov Region in south Russia has received about 20 upgraded Sani 2S12 120mm mortars nicknamed 2S12A, the district’s military press office said.


The Sani 2S12A mortar system consists of one 2B11 120mm mortar carried on URAL-43020 4x4 military truck chassis. (Picture source Army Recognition)

"During the upgrade, the mortar received a new base plate with a joint that allows adjusting fire quickly without turning the plate," the press office said. "The mortar can fire almost all Russian- and foreign-made mortar bombs with the same caliber," the press office added.

The 2S12A Sani mortar is carried by a new Motovoz-family Ural off-road vehicle with a higher-power diesel engine and an electric winch. The mortar is designed to eliminate the enemy’s manpower and weapons and destroy fortifications.

The 120 mm Sani mortar is designed to engage exposed and covered manpower, weapon systems, and light armoured targets in close tactical area. It is carried by a transport vehicle.

According to the specifications of the Sani mortar in the official catalogue of the Rosoboronexport company, the system has a weight of 230 kg in combat position and 360 kg in transport position, a crew of 5 servicemen, a firing range of 480 - 7,100 m, a firing rate up to 10 rounds per minute (in the aimed firing mode) and a combat readiness time of no more than 3 min.

The whole 2S12A mortar carrier systems consists of one 120mm 2B11 mortar, a 2L81 wheeled carriage, and single SPTA kit for mortar and a transport vehicle. The modernized version of the 2S12A is carry at the rear of the URAL-43020 4x4 military truck chassis.

The mortar demonstrated its effectiveness in the fight against sabotage teams in mountainous terrain during the counter-terrorism operation in the North Caucasus.


bug2 - 24-3-2018 at 01:17 PM

Sooooo, you're gonna roll the mortar off the back of the truck, down a pair of ramps, presumably on even ground (?) then dismount the mortar off the wheeled under-carriage...............hmmmm real quick eh?

bug2 - 16-4-2018 at 07:45 PM

KEMBARA SUCI unveiling the KS 4x4 High Mobility Vehicle Mortar Carrier System Variant

Posted On Monday, 16 April 2018 07:39

At DSA 2018, being held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), the local defence contractor Kembara Suci (KSSB) is showcasing for the first time a mortar carrier system variant based on a 4x4 light armored vehicle.


KSSB new 4x4 Mortar Carrier Vehicle at DSA 2018

A “world lightest mortar carrier system” according to KSSB, this vehicle provides 120 mm mortar capabilities to high mobility units.

The system has been developed to avoid shot recoil effect into the vehicle. It solved operational problems of current mortar carriers: overload, vehicle reinforcement, large platforms, overheating, limited firing capabilities, etc.

Since it doesn’t use any recoil absorber system, the KS system is easy to be operated while keeping the traditional mortar tube effectiveness and efficiency. Likewise, its electromechanical aiming system provides high speed and accuracy in operation.

The Alakran software provided by UkrOboronProm incorporates GIS technology and new features such as the Zonal Shooting and Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact System that simplifies operations by increasing the mortar effect.

Fully airborne-capable, the KS 4x4 Mortar Carrier can be installed in any light military vehicle from 1.5 tonne payload without the need for structural reinforcement. The vehicle can carry up to 40 rounds and shoot up to four rounds per minute in sustained fire in a maximum range of 2,500 m. The whole system can be operational in less than 30 second.


The Alakran mortar system fitted on a 4x4 vehicle platform

bug2 - 16-4-2018 at 07:47 PM

That's the third model with the ALAKRAN mortar system, the Ukrainian one above, this Malaysian version and one Alakran are building for a Middle East client based on a Toyota truck/SUV...............

bug2 - 18-4-2018 at 01:45 PM

DSA 2018: Taiwan’s MPC unveils new Cloud Leopard variant

Gabriel Dominguez, Kuala Lumpur - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

17 April 2018


Taiwan has developed a new variant of the Cloud Leopard armoured vehicle fitted with an integrated mortar system. The vehicle is seen here undergoing tests. Source: MPC

Taiwan’s state-owned Materiel Production Center (MPC) and the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has unveiled at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur a model of a new variant of its indigenously developed Cloud Leopard (Yunpao) armoured vehicle fitted with an integrated mortar system.

Called the Cloud Leopard Mortar Carrier, the 24-tonne vehicle, which is based on the Cloud Leopard Type 2, is equipped with MPC’s recently developed Advanced 81/120 mm Mobile Mortar Weapon System, a model of which was also displayed at DSA 2018.

The weapon is located at the rear section of the vehicle, with a horizontal sliding hatch opening to enable the mortar system to be deployed and fired. The vehicle’s suspension system has been modified to hydro-pneumatic and its steering upgraded to six-wheel (8 × 6) steering from the previously four (8 × 4) to reduce the steering radius to 9 m.

Moreover, the new Cloud Leopard variant, which is equipped with a remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) that is reloaded from inside the vehicle, has 16 daylight and thermal-imaging cameras mounted around its hull, providing driver and commander with omnidirectional monitoring capabilities.

The mortar system mounted inside the vehicle is “equipped with an electro-servo control system and advanced firing-control modules and fitted with a mechanism that reduces the recoil by up to 70%”, a company official told Jane’s .

The system, which weighs less than 1,000 kg, can fire all types of 81 mm or 120 mm mortar rounds and be dismounted to operate independently of the vehicle.

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bug2 - 19-4-2018 at 08:20 PM

A bit more on this...........

DSA 2018: Malaysia’s Kembara Suci unveils 4×4 mortar-carrying system

Gabriel Dominguez, Kuala Lumpur and Jayesh Dhingra, Kuala Lumpur - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

18 April 2018

Malaysian defence company Kembara Suci unveiled a mortar carrier based on a recently developed 4×4 high-mobility tactical vehicle at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on 16–19 April.


Malaysia’s Kembara Suci unveiled its Buraq mortar-carrying system at the DSA 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. (IHS Markit/Jayesh Dhingra)

Named Buraq, the 9-tonne platform is equipped with the Alakran light mortar system developed by New Technologies Global Systems (NTGS), which is part of Spain’s Everis Aerospace and Defence.

Designed to fire both 81 mm and 120 mm mortar ammunition, the Alakran, which has a maximum range of 8.2 km using 120 mm high-explosive ammunition, is not deployed from inside the vehicle but automatically lowered to the ground for firing, thus avoiding the need for a recoil absorber system.

A slightly misleading statement a the beginning. The system can take either a 81mm or 120mm BARREL/TUBE, and not fire either ammo.............:no:

“The 1.1-tonne Alakran, which can be also installed on light combat vehicles, incorporates geographic information system technology combined with a firing-control and ballistic computer,” an Everis official told Jane’s .

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bug2 - 20-4-2018 at 03:28 PM

Marines In the Hunt for a Mortar Round That Can Fire Up to 12 Miles


Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, is briefed on the Advanced Capability Extended Range Mortar (ACERM) during an Office of Naval Research (ONR) awareness day. (U.S. Navy/John F. Williams)

Military.com 18 Apr 2018 By Hope Hodge Seck

The Marine Corps is investing heavily in long-range fire systems as it prepares itself for future battles.

It's a capability gap that Marine Corps leaders have spoken about publicly in recent months. At the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium in January, the head of Marine Corps Plans, Policies and Operations, Lt. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, talked about how the service planned to increase the precision and range of its existing systems in ways tailored to the Corps' main mission sets.

"We're going to very much follow what the Army is doing ... [but maintain] our interest and how we can help in the sea control fight," he said, according to a report from National Defense Magazine.

On the Marine Corps' current wishlist is an 81mm mortar round that can fire up to almost four times further than its existing high-explosive round.

In a request for information published earlier this month, the Marine Corps announced it was "analyzing market capabilities" to find a maker for the Advanced Capability Extended Range Mortar, or ACERM. The round, which would be compatible with existing Marine Corps and Army M252 81mm smooth-bore mortar systems, would have an effective range of up to 20,000 meters, or 12.4 miles.

"In support of the Infantry close fight, across the spectrum of the Full Range of Military Operations, and in all terrain and weather conditions, this capability should be reliable, responsive, and able to defeat high payoff targets," the RFI reads. "This capability includes incapacitating personnel within or behind structural barriers, inside light-skinned stationary vehicles, and in the open while minimizing collateral damage."

The ACERM has been a project under development by the Office of Naval Research for several years. But the new solicitation is an indicator that it's about to transition from a bright idea into a battlefield reality.

According to the solicitation, parameters for the high-tech round include a target accuracy of as little as one meter. The maximum objective range of 20,000 meters is almost quadruple the high-explosive round's maximum range of less than 6,000 meters.

And the round should take only five minutes to travel that 12-mile maximum range, according to the document.

The ACERM should be able to operate in a GPS-denied environment, and have the ability to hit a moving target as well as a stationary one.

Companies have until May 4 to respond to the solicitation; it's not immediately clear what next steps would be to buy or field the high-tech round.

Meanwhile, the service continues to explore other weapons system upgrades, including firing High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) off of amphibious ships and extending the range of larger artillery systems.

-- Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.

bug2 - 3-5-2018 at 07:39 PM

Algerian unveils new mortar system

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

03 May 2018

Plaigerised copy of the Spanish Alakran designed and made 120mm mortar system minus any sophistication................:no:


Lt Gen Salah is seen inspecting the deployment system for the W86 mortar. (Algerian Ministry of National Defence)

Algeria’s National People’s Army (ANP) has taken into service what appears to be Norinco’s vehicle-mounted rapid deployment system for the W86 120 mm mortar, it was revealed when Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah visited the Central Logistics Base in Blida on 30 April.

The Ministry of National Defence released photographs and video showing Lt Gen Salah inspecting one such system fitted to what appeared to be a Mercedes-Benz G-Class vehicle. It appeared to be identical to one fitted to a Dongfeng EQ2050 light tactical vehicle that Norinco displayed during the 2016 Zhuhai Airshow. It uses a hydraulic mechanism to lower a standard W86 to the ground. The Algerian truck was also fitted with rear-facing seats for the mortar operators and ammunition racks.

Algeria already has two Norinco artillery systems in service in the form of the 155 mm PLZ45 self-propelled howitzer and SR5 multiple rocket launcher system.

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bug2 - 8-5-2018 at 04:46 PM

US Army soldiers have demonstrated Automated Direct Indirect Mortar ADIM

Posted On Monday, 07 May 2018 12:07

In April 2016, U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division have demonstrated the automated mortar system Automated Direct/Indirect Mortar (ADIM) mounted on HUMVEE tactical vehicle during a multinational joint equipment training exercise with the U.S. military at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, as part of a Robotic Complex Breach Concept demonstration.


A U.S. Soldier assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, simulates loading a vehicle mounted Automated Direct/Indirect Mortar (ADIM) during a Robotic Complex Breach Concept assessment and demonstration, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, April 6, 2018. (Picture source US Army)

The ADIM, currently an 81mm mortar weapon system, uses "soft recoil" to reduce the firing loads transmitted to the platform by a factor of eight, well within the limits of the HMMWV (or other light tactical vehicles) capacity. This enables mounted firing and supports rapid mobile operations.

An associated benefit of the soft recoil system is the ability to fire the weapon (direct) at low quadrant elevations (QE) as well as (indirect) at high QE to either compensate for terrain interferences or take advantage of the reduced time of flight associated with low QE firing solutions.

ADIM functions are automated so that operations normally conducted manually by the Soldier can instead be executed via electro-mechanical actuators controlled by the weapon Actuator Control System (ACS), which was also developed by Picatinny engineers and is a government owned technology.

ACS operation is directed by the Automated Fire Control System -- Mortar (AFCS-M) which is an enhanced version of the fielded M95 Mortar Fire Control System (MFCS).


The ADIM, currently an 81mm mortar weapon system, uses "soft recoil" to reduce the firing loads transmitted to the platform by a factor of eight, well within the limits of the HMMWV (or other light tactical vehicles) capacity. (Source picture U.S. Army)

The AFCS-M provides the human interface for controlling the loading/unloading, emplacing, aiming and firing of the ADIM.

A key capability associated with the AFCS-M is the incorporation of an inertial navigation unit and GPS receiver, which enable full-time emplacement of the ADIM and thus eliminate the long setup and reset times of several minutes associated with traditional surveying and aiming stake methods.

The ACS and AFCS-M combination enables rapid execution of mobile "shoot and scoot" operations to reduce Soldier exposure to enemy fire and susceptibility to counter-fire. AFCS-M also provides the ability to operate the ADIM via remote control as an unmanned weapon system operated by Soldiers in a protected (Fire Direction Center) location. An ideal application for this is Forward Operating Base (FOB) protection.

Although the ADIM can be fired remotely, it is designed to require a Soldier to identify the target and make the decision to fire as prescribed in DoD Directive 3000.09 Autonomy in Weapon Systems. ADIM automation and Fire Control reduces the Soldier burden while increasing survivability.

bug2 - 10-5-2018 at 07:19 PM

Russian Motovilikha 120mm SP-120 2S31 Vena self-propelled gun-mortar to replace older system

Posted On Thursday, 10 May 2018 07:31

Serial production of the Motovilikha 120mm SP-120 (2S31) Vena self-propelled gun/mortar is ongoing for Russian domestic requirements. The Russian Army intends to employ the tracked 2S31 as its primary 120mm self-propelled gun/mortar system, gradually replacing the older tracked 120mm SO-120 (2S9) self-propelled gun/mortar system.


Motovilikha 120mm SP-120 (2S31) Vena self-propelled gun-mortar (Picture source : Vitaly Kusmin)

The 2S31 design offers high mobility and considerable firepower in a cost-effective package. Like the 2S9 and 2S23, the amphibious system is optimized for the Russian Army's airborne, assault, and other light forces. The Rosoboronexport organization is promoting the 2S31 Vena on the international market. However, given the glutted state of the world market for self-propelled artillery systems, Rosoboronexport does not expect the 2S31 to fare well.

The Russian Ministry of Defense is currently undertaking an ambitious campaign to modernize and professionalize the Russian armed services, and the Russian government has committed itself to significantly larger defense budgets toward this end. Although these efforts could potentially provide support to the 2S31 program, Rosoboronexport nevertheless considers the Russian MoD production schedule for the 2S31 to be highly optimistic, particularly given the stagnant state of the Russian economy.

bug2 - 18-5-2018 at 06:54 PM

IDF using Elbit Spear mortars

Yaakov Lappin, Tel Aviv - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

17 May 2018


The Spear MK2 seen is seen mounted on a Plasan Sandcat without an autoloader. (Elbit Systems)

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has used Elbit’s Spear vehicle-mounted mortar system during border security incidents in recent months, a senior company official said.

Colonel (res) Boaz Cohen, vice-president of land systems at Elbit System, told the Fire, Maneuvering, and Intelligence Conference in Tel Aviv on 15 May that the IDF “has a slightly different version” of the Spear called the Hanit (Javelin) that has “proven itself in a very effective manner in recent clashes”.

The IDF was not previously known to have acquired the Spear, which is a largely automated 120 mm mortar that can be carried on a 4x4 tactical vehicle.

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bug2 - 12-6-2018 at 09:49 PM

Eurosatory 2018: Patria NEMO Container testing continues

Charles Forrester, Paris - Jane's International Defence Review

12 June 2018


The Patria NEMO Container performing firing tests from a Sisu ETP E13 truck. Source: Patria Land Systems Oy

Finland’s Patria is continuing the testing of its NEMO Container solution, with sea trials expected to take place in September.
A company official confirmed that the test firings of the NEMO Container system from a ship are expected to take place in Sweden in September, as part of a testing programme that began last year.

Previous tests have seen the 120 mm mortar fired at maximum charge from both the demounted and stationary truck-mounted positions. The company will also conduct an internal test for firing the system from the truck while on the move in August.

Patria is aiming for the ship-mounted tests to be the last for the NEMO Container system, which will then potentially lead on to a final contract and delivery in early 2019. The NEMO Container has been developed in association with the UAE Navy, with Patria also hoping that the system will be of interest to potential customers in Scandinavia.

The NEMO Container features a single-barrel 120 mm mortar in a turret that is then mounted on a standard-sized 20 ft ISO container, which allows for increased flexibility in the transportation and mounting of the system on maritime platforms.

The system weighs 10 tonnes when empty and has the capacity to carry 100 mortar bombs. It is crewed by three – two loaders and a gunner, with the latter doubling as the commander. The mortar elevates from –3° to +85° and can engage targets up to 10 km away. The system has a rate of fire of up to 10 rds/min, and has the capability to undertake direct and indirect fire missions as well as to perform multiple-round simultaneous-impact fires.

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bug2 - 12-6-2018 at 09:55 PM

Eurosatory 2018: Patria NEMO Container testing continues

Charles Forrester, Paris - Jane's International Defence Review

12 June 2018


The Patria NEMO Container performing firing tests from a Sisu ETP E13 truck. Source: Patria Land Systems Oy

Finland’s Patria is continuing the testing of its NEMO Container solution, with sea trials expected to take place in September.
A company official confirmed that the test firings of the NEMO Container system from a ship are expected to take place in Sweden in September, as part of a testing programme that began last year.

Previous tests have seen the 120 mm mortar fired at maximum charge from both the demounted and stationary truck-mounted positions. The company will also conduct an internal test for firing the system from the truck while on the move in August.

Patria is aiming for the ship-mounted tests to be the last for the NEMO Container system, which will then potentially lead on to a final contract and delivery in early 2019. The NEMO Container has been developed in association with the UAE Navy, with Patria also hoping that the system will be of interest to potential customers in Scandinavia.

The NEMO Container features a single-barrel 120 mm mortar in a turret that is then mounted on a standard-sized 20 ft ISO container, which allows for increased flexibility in the transportation and mounting of the system on maritime platforms.

The system weighs 10 tonnes when empty and has the capacity to carry 100 mortar bombs. It is crewed by three – two loaders and a gunner, with the latter doubling as the commander. The mortar elevates from –3° to +85° and can engage targets up to 10 km away. The system has a rate of fire of up to 10 rds/min, and has the capability to undertake direct and indirect fire missions as well as to perform multiple-round simultaneous-impact fires.

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bug2 - 13-6-2018 at 09:08 AM

Eurosatory 2018: Hirtenberger increases first round accuracy by the GRAM

Andrew Galer, Paris - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 June 2018

Hirtenberger Defence Europe has produced an innovative new aiming system for its range of 60 mm mortars called Grid Aiming Mode (GRAM), it was announced during the Eurosatory show in Paris.


Hirtenberger's new GARM is seen with the 60 mm Commando mortar at Eurosatory. (IHS Markit / Andrew Galer)

Target data can either be input as a grid reference, GPS co-ordinates, or via a co-located and Bluetooth-linked laser designator, allowing the firer to remain under cover. Once the target is input, the firer can make adjustments to orientation and elevation of the barrel using the attached sensor.

The system has significantly improved the accuracy of first rounds and has allowed a reduction in the training requirement.

With an incorporated backlight, it also offers a significant capability for night firing over the existing traditional luminescent bubble sight.

Testing has been carried out with special forces from New Zealand, and the New Zealand Army has recently also bought 24 60 mm Commando mortars along with 20 of the bipod version.

Also being shown was the Short Range Inert Practice Projectile (SRIPP) MK1 that has a maximum height of trajectory of 85 m, thereby reducing or negating the need for airspace clearance. This reusable round can be easily recovered, checked, and reconditioned with a new primary cartridge and obturating ring, allowing it to be re-fired.

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bug2 - 13-6-2018 at 11:25 AM

Eurosatory 2018: Georgian company Delta unveils GNM-60 60mm mortar

Posted On Tuesday, 12 June 2018 21:29

Little wonders are sometimes hidden among large objects. This is the case for GNM-60 mortar, a formidable little hand-held mortar that would perfectly match some commando unit needs.




bug2 - 13-6-2018 at 07:43 PM

Eurosatory 2018: Elbit announces new mortar guidance kit

Andrew Galer, Paris - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

13 June 2018

Elbit Systems has announced a new guidance kit for 120 mm mortar rounds, which is designed to provide a lightweight precision capability for existing mortar shells.

According to Ori Naor, programme manager of Elbit’s mortars business unit, the round can achieve a 1 m circular error probably (CEP) at a range of 10 km when using its semi-active laser seeker, or 10 m CEP with GPS, but it can use a combination of both.

The Laser & GPS Guided Mortar Kit can be applied to a standard 120 mm round in 30 seconds using a standard Allen key and is then loaded with target data via a cable or a wireless connection.

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bug2 - 14-6-2018 at 02:57 PM

ST Engineering Land Systems and Hirtenberger Defence Systems Collaborate to Market 120mm Mortar Systems

(Source: ST Engineering Land Systems; issued June 12, 2018)

PARIS --- The Land Systems arm of Singapore-based ST Engineering and Hirtenberger Defence Systems (HDS) from the United Kingdom signed a cooperation agreement today to pursue business opportunities for 120mm mortar system in Europe.

The agreement will enable the companies to offer a comprehensive 120mm mortar system combining ST Engineering’s 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS) weapon system with HDS’ mortar fire control system and 120mm mortar ammunition. The result of this combination is a superior weapon system which is high in performance and reliability.

The agreement was signed at Eurosatory 2018, one of the largest defence exhibitions worldwide.

Mr Alexander Müller, CEO, Hirtenberger Defence Systems said, “With the longtime experience in the field of weapons and ammunition the combination of capabilities of the two companies will make a difference in the 120mm mortar market.”

Dr Lee Shiang Long, President of ST Engineering’s Land Systems sector said, “The 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS) is a battle-proven system which can be integrated on both wheeled and tracked vehicles. Coupled with Hirtenberger’s Fire Control System and 120mm mortar ammunition, we now offer a complete operational system that offers rapid and accurate fire.

Over the next three years, the companies will jointly market this unique system to customers in Europe. The SRAMS boasts unique features like the automatic Ammunition Loading System (ALS) that can achieve 10 rounds per minute for high rate of firing without crew fatigue. In addition, the patented Blast Diffuser feature reduces the high blast overpressure to below the allowable limit for the crew to operate safely during prolonged firing.

Established in 1860, Hirtenberger Defence Systems (HDS) has a long and distinguished history of supplying the world’s leading defence forces with state-of-the-art ammunition and explosives. Leveraging cutting-edge technology and years of experience in the field, HDS has been manufacturing 60, 81 and 120mm calibre smooth-bore mortar systems for more than 50 years. HDS’s mortar bombs are of the highest combat effectiveness and provide maximum safety in hostile environments all over the world – without diminished levels of performance or durability. The product range includes all types of mortar ammunition, weapon systems, auxiliary field equipment, and aiming and sighting systems – tried, tested and in service by modern militaries the world over.

ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. The Group employs about 22,000 people across offices in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, serving customers in more than 100 countries. Its employees bring innovation and technology together to create smart engineering solutions for customers in the defence, government and commercial segments. Headquartered in Singapore.

The Land Systems sector offers advanced and customised land systems and security solutions which have been proven to meet the stringent operational requirements of its customers. The sector designs, manufactures and distributes armoured, autonomous and specialty vehicles, munitions and weapons, as well as robotics and unmanned systems.

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bug2 - 14-6-2018 at 05:25 PM

Eurosatory 2018: EXPAL presents EIMOS mortar system new configuration

Posted On Wednesday, 13 June 2018 20:43

EXPAL, a benchmark in the design and manufacture of technologies and solutions in mortar systems, showcased the latest functions of the EIMOS system at its stand, which can be visited at Eurosatory 2018 until 15th June.


EXPAL's EIMOS mortar system at Eurosatory 2018

EXPAL's EIMOS system, which has been in service since 2015, is the natural evolution of the conventional 81/60 mm mortar system. The EIMOS system mounts an 81 mm mortar (interchangeable with 60 mm) on a light 4x4 vehicle, providing mobility, greater safety by reducing maneuvering time, and efficiency by integrating a ballistic computer, an automatic aiming system and a command and control system. All this allows armies' capabilities to be increased in indirect fire support operations.

Alberto Fernández, Systems Product Manager at EXPAL, used the presentation to stress that "the modernization carried out in the new configuration of the system has brought improved accuracy and effectiveness in aiming, faster deployment (less than 20 seconds), and navigation without the need for GPS.

Furthermore, the company has put a lot of effort into bolstering the systems and equipment, extending their working life, increasing their maintainability and reducing the cost of their life cycle."

EIMOS is a fully configurable, adaptable mortar system that can be integrated in armies' main 4x4 tactical vehicles. Its hydro-pneumatic recoil absorption system transmits only a small fraction to the vehicle, thus ensuring safe firing for the crew, with a very low impact on mechanics and without the need for additional stabilizers.

The EIMOS system is part of EXPAL's one-stop shop solution, covering all needs in indirect fire support missions in infantry operations. This solution is rounded off with: mortar systems (60 mm, 81 mm, 120 mm), the fire control system (TECHFIRE), the advanced observation device in the form of mini UAVs (SHEPHERD-MIL), and the mortar unit tactical training simulator (eSIMOX).


bug2 - 15-6-2018 at 04:38 PM

Eurosatory 2018: Expal unveils upgrade to EIMOS mortar system

Charles Forrester, Paris - Jane's International Defence Review

14 June 2018


The upgraded EIMOS system features improvements to the inertial navigation system and travel bars and locking system. Source: Expal

Spain’s Expal unveiled a new upgraded variant of its EIMOS truck-mounted mortar system at the Eurosatory trade show in Paris on 13 June.

Key upgrades include changes to the system’s inertial navigation system to help act as a redundancy to the platform’s GPS system, following on from feedback received from operators.

In addition, the travel bars and locking system have been refined, which has also improved barrel stability and accuracy in firing.

According to EIMOS System Product Manager Alberto Fernández Cuervo, other improvements have included upgrades to electrical wiring and materials used in the system as part of efforts to reduce the overall weight of the platform and improve maintainability and through-life support costs.

The company has also worked on reducing the turnaround time from halting to firing to less than 20 seconds. As the mortar is mounted on an open turntable in the existing URO VAMTAC ST5, the vehicle is able to depart as soon as the last mortar bomb is fired to allow for rapid redeployment from counter-fire threats.

The integrated hydro-pneumatic recoil support mechanism into the firing unit supporting the mortar means that no additional stabilisers need to be deployed from the vehicle before firing.

With an overall system weight of 800 kg, the company claims that it is able to install the system into existing vehicle fleets without major modification of the vehicles themselves – allowing for continued commonality in spares pools for vehicle fleets.

Being mounted on the open rear cab of the vehicle, a 360° arc of fire can be achieved. Fire mission information is transmitted from the cab of the vehicle using Expal’s Techfire fire control system, which provides firing data and ballistic corrections, as well as ballistic calculations and weapon aiming and firing data.

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bug2 - 11-7-2018 at 10:23 PM

New 120mm mortar system from Thailand (via FB)

‎Lawrence Yeo‎ to ASEAN Military Forum
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The Thai Ministry of Defense has unveiled a new 120mm wheeled self-propelled mortar system called Autonomous Truck Mounted Mortar (ATMM), developed in collaboration with Elbit Systems to provide fire support for infantry units.

The ATMM is based on a 4x4 military truck chassis manufactured by TATA which is fitted with a new cargo platform with a thickness of 7mm able to carry Elbit's SPEAR 120mm mortar system.



Elbit Systems' SPEAR is equipped with advanced fire control, navigation, automatic aiming and propulsion systems, which facilitate a fully-autonomous operation and provide increased firepower and accuracy – within 30 meters of the Circular Error Probability (CEP) radius.



The ATMM has a crew of four and can be ready to fire from road position in less than two minutes. It has a maximum firing range of 6.5 km and has a rate of fire of 10 rounds per minute.


bug2 - 12-7-2018 at 12:24 AM

Turkish 120 mm rifled Weapon Mortar System under test

Christopher F Foss, London - Jane's International Defence Review

11 July 2018


A rear view of the BMC Vuran 4×4 MPAV fitted with the Aselsan Alkar 120 mm WMS that fires through open roof hatches. Source: Christopher F Foss

The Turkish Aselsan Alkar 120 mm Weapon Mortar System (WMS) has completed initial firing trials installed in the rear of a BMC Vuran 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle (MPAV), Jane’s has learnt.

Prior to this event, firing trials with the Alkar 120 mm WMS were completed from a fixed ground platform in the second half of 2017. Both trials included a full family of 120 mm high-explosive (HE), smoke, and illuminating mortar bombs.

The latest series of BMC Vuran testing included a complete system trial with the computerised fire-control system.

According to Aselsan, “development of the Alkar 120 mm WMS will be completed by the end of July 2018”.

For its new role, the Vuran 4×4 MPAV has a modified roof with two power-operated hatches that open left and right to allow the mortar to be fired. In this configuration, when travelling, the Aselsan Alkar 120 mm WMS is virtually indistinguishable from the standard BMC Vuran 4×4 MPAV.

The Aselsan Alkar 120 mm WMS is mounted on a turntable that can be rapidly traversed through a full 360°. The mortar has powered traverse and elevation and is fitted with a computerised fire-control system for greater accuracy and reduced into-action times.

The 120 mm mortar is fitted with a special recoil system so no stabilisers are required to be engaged before the system comes into action.

According to Aselsan, the advanced recoil system reduces the firing shock up to 235 kN, about one-sixth of the firing force before recoil.

The weapon has an automatic ammunition handling system to reduce crew fatigue and increase rate of fire. To operate it, a crew member places a 120 mm mortar bomb, complete with fuze and charge, on a loading tray that then takes the mortar bomb upwards and positions it over the muzzle.

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bug2 - 13-7-2018 at 07:44 PM

A bit more on this.................

Thai army has performed firing tests with 120mm ATMM mortar system

Posted On Friday, 13 July 2018 05:02

On July 4, 2018, Royal Thai Army Infantry Center at Artillery Firing Range, Artillery Center, Fort Phaholyothin (Phahonyothin), Lopburi Province has performed firing test with the 120mm ATMM (Autonomous Truck Mounted Mortar). This new artillery system was unveiled by the Ministry of Defense of Thailand during Defense and Security Exhibition in November 2017.


On July 4, 2018, Thai army has performed firing test with the new 120mm ATMM Autonomous Truck Mounted Mortar (Picture source Thai army)

During the tests, the 120mm ATMM (Autonomous Truck Mounted Mortar) was operated by soldiers from the Royal Thai Air Force Training Center at the Royal Thai Artillery Training Ground Khao Phlun Army Artillery Center in Lopburi province.

It is a milestone in the development of the project, the tests included live firing and demonstrations of surveillance and aiming systems performed by the Thai Weapon Production Center Defense Industry and Energy Center, Ministry of Defense, in collaboration with Israeli Company Elbit Systems.

The 120mm ATTM project is a collaboration between the Thai Ministry of Defense and the Israeli Company Elbit Systems which has provide the integration of its Elbit Soltam SPEAR 120mm mortar on a wheeled chassis.

The 120mm ATTM is based on a 4x4 military truck chassis manufactured in India by TATA which is fitted with a new cargo platform with a thickness of 7mm able to carried the SPEAR 120mm mortar system. The suspension of the truck has also been reinforced. The SPEAR mortar system has a rate of fire of 10 rounds a minute. It can engage targets at a maximum range of 6.5 km, using standard ammunition. The 120ATMM is operated by a crew of four.

The 2120mm ATTM is equipped with fire conrol system which is able to anlayse the ballistic data and commands the electric drive system to point the mortar barrel to the particular azimuth and elevation angles. Feedback is delivered to the mortar fire control system through a GPS-based north finding system and inclinometer.

bug2 - 14-7-2018 at 03:11 PM

US Army cancels plans to issue RFP for XM1160 HEGM programme

Jayesh Dhingra, Bangalore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

13 July 2018

The US Army has cancelled plans to acquire the 120 mm XM1160 High Explosive Guided Mortar (HEGM) munition that was expected to replace the service’s current XM395 precision-guided HE mortar round, an official from the US Army Contracting Command confirmed to Jane’s on 11 July.

The office of the Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems (PM CAS), which is located at the Picatinny Arsenal facility in New Jersey, had intended to release a formal request for proposal (RFP) in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 to support the engineering and manufacturing development phases of the programme as well as the low-rate and full-rate initial production options for the HEGM.

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bug2 - 21-7-2018 at 01:02 PM

Hungary seeks 81 mm mortars

Remigiusz Wilk, Warsaw - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

20 July 2018

Expect to see strong bids from the Austrians (Hirtenberger), the Serbs (thru' their nation export group) and the French.....

Hungary's Ministry of Defence has announced a tender for 81 mm medium mortars to replace its 50 Soviet-made 82-BM-37 82 mm mortars.

The tender is for 40 mortars, with an option for 20 more, 24 fire control systems, and a logistic package.

The tender also includes 28,000 high explosive (HE), 7,500 illumination, 2,500 smoke, 400 training and 120 exercise rounds, as well as 36 cut-aways.

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bug2 - 22-8-2018 at 07:42 PM

Army 2018: UVZ expands mortar portfolio with 120 mm and 82 mm offerings

Dmitry Fediushko, Moscow - Jane's International Defence Review

22 August 2018

The Burevestnik Institute, a subsidiary of Rostec's UralVagonZavod (UVZ) research and manufacturing corporation, has unveiled new self-propelled mortars (SPMs) at the Army 2018 defence show near Moscow.

The 2S40 Floks SPM is based on a modified chassis of the Ural-43206 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) truck. The Floks has a combat weight of approximately 20 tonnes.

The system is equipped with a 120 mm gun-mortar that fires both high-explosive fragmentation (HE-Frag) rounds and mortar shells, with rate of fire reaching 8 and 10 rounds per minute respectively. "The Floks can also fire the KM-3 Kitolov HE-Frag guided artillery projectile (GAP)," a source from UVZ told Jane's .

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bug2 - 25-8-2018 at 01:01 PM

Army 2018: Russian MoD receives new 2B25 82 mm silenced mortars

Dmitry Fediushko, Moscow - Jane's International Defence Review

24 August 2018

The Russian armed forces are receiving the new 2B25 82 mm silenced mortars developed by the Burevestnik institute of Rostec`s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) corporation, a military source told Jane’s at the Army 2018 defence show being held in Kubinka near Moscow from 21-26 August.



“The Ministry of Defence [MoD] is acquiring new towed and man-portable mortars for the land troops. In particular, the special forces are slated for receiving several dozen 2B25 silenced mortars,” the source said. “The 2B25’s noise level does not exceed that of a Kalashnikov AKMB assault rifle fitted with the PBS-1 silencer. The mortar produces almost no muzzle flash or smoke.”

The 2B25 weighs approximately 13 kg and can be transported in a single backpack by the operator. The mortar’s baseline ammunition comprises four 3VO35 82 mm high-explosive fragmentation (HE-Frag) mortar shells that are carried in another backpack by the loader.

The 2B25 has a maximum rate of fire of 15 rounds per minute and a combat readiness time of no more than 30 seconds. Its elevation angle varies between 45° and 85°.

“Owing to the use of steel balls as fragments, the effectiveness of the 3VO35 is almost equal to that of the 3VO26 HE-Frag 82 mm mortar shell, which is used by the 2B24 towed mortar,” the source said. The 3V035 round weighs 3.3 kg, including a 1.9 kg warhead, and has a muzzle velocity of 122 m/s.

In the baseline configuration, the 2B25 is fitted with the MPM-44M panoramic mortar sight.

Burevestnik is also developing new silenced mortars with an extended firing range. “Two variants are being considered: an extended-range 60 mm mortar with a range of up to 4 km and a combat weight of approximately 18 kg, and a lighter 60 mm mortar with a 2.5-3 km range and a weight of no more than 12 kg,” the source said.

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bug2 - 8-9-2018 at 08:46 PM

The Most Accurate Guided Mortar Shell in the World That Surprises Any Hiding Enemy

(Source: IMI Systems; issued Sept 06, 2018)

RAMAT HASHRON, Israel --- IMI Systems developed a new and unique mortar munition of its kind in the world that is capable of pinpointing ground targets.

According to the “Walla news” magazine, the new “Dokran” mortar shell is guided by a GPS and inertial navigation systems and enables fighters to hit targets in an accuracy level of up to 10 meters from the target.

The “Dokran” meets the operational needs of armies around the world, for accuracy, minimum collateral damage and precise hitting of qualitative targets and infrastructures in open areas, as well as preventing the harm of uninvolved civilians in populated urban low-intensity conflict’s zones.

The mortar’s precision provides infantry forces with the ability to hit targets in populated areas from a long distance, while ensuring the survivability and protection of the forces, minimizing the operational risk and obviating the need for complex and vulnerable “logistical tail” due to reduced amount of bombs required (the first shell hits the target).

Due to its unique characteristics, the mortar shell can reach a range of approximately 8 km and get activated in the air as an airburst munition or target attack munition. The ability to use different warheads enables to handle a wide range of targets and threats such as enemy forces sheltering in buildings, extensive vegetation or armored vehicles.

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bug2 - 12-9-2018 at 11:31 PM

Saab wins framework contract for mortar rounds

Posted On Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:24

Saab has been chosen in competition for a mortar ammunition contract amongst other vendors for 81mm grenades, including both explosive and training rounds for an undisclosed customer. The framework contract will have a duration of five years and the first order intakes are expected to take place in 2019 followed by deliveries in 2020.


Thor 120mm mortar ammunition (Picture source: Saab)

Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland Ltd. (SBDS), which is part of Saab business area Dynamics, will manufacture and deliver the mortar rounds. The order includes the high explosive grenade WG, as well as the explosive grenade EUG and potentially the newest product from SBDS which is the THOR - the latest version of pre fragmented mortar grenades. “We warmly welcome this selection of our mortar ammunition. The requirement was exacting as regards its operational and training demands. Our selection is indicative of our leadership as a designer and manufacture of high-quality mortar ammunition,” says Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab Business Area Dynamics.

The industry’s nature is such that due to circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information about the customer will not be announced, Saab warned.

bug2 - 13-9-2018 at 11:16 AM

Army Wants 120mm Mortar Systems That Can Fire Out to 12 Miles


A paratrooper from the 173rd Airborne Brigade gets ready to place a 120mm round into the mortar, July 25, 2018 . (U.S. Army/ Spc. Josselyn Fuentes)

Military.com 12 Sep 2018 By Matthew Cox

The U.S. Army wants to replace its current mounted and towed 120mm mortars with new systems that will shoot farther and offer protection for mounted crews.

Army officials from Product Manager Precision Fires and Mortars and Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems began market surveys in August to find defense firms capable of producing a 120mm Mortar Future Indirect Fire Turret by 2021 and a 120mm Extended Range Mortar system by 2026, according to two Aug. 2 solicitations.

The new 120mm Mortar Future Indirect Fire Turret, or FIFT, "is a 120mm turret that provides protection from enemy counter battery systems and insulates soldiers from the effects of both noise and blast overpressure," the FIFT solicitation states. "This turret shall be capable of firing heavier projectiles at a greater range than the current Battalion Mortar System (BMS) or Recoil Mortar System-Light (RMS-L)."

As an objective requirement, the Army wants the new turret system to shoot out to 20,000 meters, or 12.4 miles, according to the FIFT solicitation.

Both the Army and the Marine Corps have expressed interest in mortar systems that shoot farther. Earlier this year, the Corps began searching for a company capable of producing the Advanced Capability Extended Range Mortar, or ACERM -- a mortar round compatible with existing Marine and Army M252 81mm mortar systems that offers an effective range of up to 20,000 meters as well.

Military.com asked the Army for an interview on the subject, but the service did not provide a subject matter expert by deadline.

The Army also wants the FIFT to have more automation so the "physical burden on crew is reduced, while supporting a high rate-of-fire capability," according to the solicitation. In loading and firing, the Army wants a system where "ammo transitions from stowage through the firing event without human contact."

At a minimum, the system should have a maximum rate of fire, or MROF, of 16 rounds per minute for one minute followed by a sustained rate of fire, or SROF, of 6 rounds per minute "indefinitely," the solicitation states. Ideally, the Army wants a system capable of "being fired at the MROF of 24 rounds per minute for 2 minutes and maintain a SROF of 12 rounds per minute indefinitely."

The FIFT may be manned or unmanned and designed to be compatible with the Stryker, Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, and Next-Generation Combat Vehicle.

The Extended Range Mortar, or ERM, would be designed to shoot significantly farther than the 7,240 meter range of the current M120A1 towed mortar system it would replace.

"The system range must be sufficient to address targets at 9 km [or 9,000 meters]," the ERM solicitation states. "The 120mm ERM shall provide responsive, accurate long-range fire with the assistance of digital fire control similar to the M150 Mortar Fire Control System -- Dismounted."

Despite its extended range, the Army's ERM may be heavier than the current M120A1, which weighs 319 pounds for a crew of five soldiers. The ERM "shall not exceed 400 pounds for a threshold requirement," the solicitation states. "The system must be man portable by the squad, with each member of the 4 man squad having a weight allocation of roughly 100lbs of this kit."

The ERM must also "limit blast effects and crew exposure to overpressure to acceptable limits in order to support the firing of up to 100 rounds per day," the solicitation states.

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

bug2 - 16-9-2018 at 08:42 PM

Swedish Mjölner self-propelled 120mm Mortar



TEXT translated from Swedish, which is why it reads funny in places............:cool:

The Swedish Defence Materiel Agency was given the task through a government Bill 2015 and 23 December 2016 signed with BAE Systems Hägglund to produce forty mounted mortars.

Two months later, the first prototype was shot. The development work has been quickly and smoothly and planned delivery to the armed forces ' five mechanized battalions of the production vehicles commence in August 2019 with final delivery in October 2020.



But already in January a pre-series delivery to FMV consisting of four wagons is planned. In close cooperation with the Swedish Armed forces, the wagons are evaluated and create the opportunity for information and experience on what may need to be adjusted for the delivery of the series.



– The wagon shown today is not a final product, it is a technical skjutplattform that may change. For the production wagons, materials from the Amosprojektet are reused from the CV90 chassis. The wagon crew will consist of a commander, a driver and two chargers. The GRKPBV shoots Mynningsladdad 120mm ammunition and has the capacity to carry 56 grenades in the tower magazine and a unit load Strix with six complete shots, says Lars Taraldsson, project Manager, FMV.

This is a video on Mjölner from BAE......the turret doesn't rotate, only moves 30deg either side, and mortar is a basically manual............with a little bit of powered assistance.

The reason it was chosen over AMOS twin-barrelled system is COST pure and simple.........this one is a lot cheaper........

Quote:

The vehicle mounted mortar system Mjölner, developed and produced by BAE Systems Hägglunds, will increase the indirect fire capability to support mechanized battalions. It allows the user army to field a capability well adapted for different vehicle platforms while enhancing the whole fleet’s firepower.


VIDEO at link: https://www.baesystems.com/en/product/mjolner

Mupp - 16-9-2018 at 11:01 PM

Guys who designed this....big Warhammer 40K fans...



Quote:

This is a video on Mjölner from BAE......the turret doesn't rotate, only moves 30deg either side, and mortar is a basically manual............with a little bit of powered assistance. The reason it was chosen over AMOS twin-barrelled system is COST pure and simple.........this one is a lot cheaper........



If it does the job.

bug2 - 21-9-2018 at 01:32 PM

AAD 2018: SVI MAX3 4x4 armored vehicle fitted with Thales Scorpion 81 mm mortar

Posted On Thursday, 20 September 2018 20:33

At AAD 2018, the International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, South African defense Company SVI showcases its new MAX3 light armored vehicle in mortar configuration fitted with the Thales Scorpion 81 mm self-contained direct and indirect automated mortar.


SVI Max3 4x4 armored vehicle fitted with Thales Scorpion 81 mm self-contained direct and indirect automated mortar at AAD 2018, International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition. September 2018. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The MAX3 4x4 armored vehicle in mortar configuration is divided in three main compartments with the engine at the front, the crew cabin in the middle with two doors on each side and a cargo at the rear fitted with the Thales Scorpion 81 mm self-contained direct and indirect automated mortar. For its self-protection, the roof of the vehicle is fitted with a Reutech Rogue LITE remotely operated weapon station armed with one 12.7mm heavy machine gun.

The MAX3 driveline is based on Toyota Land Cruiser, it can be powered by a V6 petrol, inline six diesel or a V8 diesel engine.

The Scorpion is an integrated automated mobile mortar platform, capable of target acquisition, onboard fire control, and automatic laying of the mortar tube.

Mounted on a single palletized platform, it fires from the back of a vehicle in less than 15 seconds. This is made possible through ballistics calculations, orientation methods and recoil absorption.

The 81mm Scorpion mortar system can operate in day or night conditions. It boasts direct and indirect fire capabilities with high accuracy (pointing and positioning), improved responsiveness and rapid target switching (shoot, shift, shoot).It has a high first round hit probability and is digitally connected to the battlefield.
The 81mm Scorpion mortar can be networked together into a fire group to provide an highly effective force multiplier.


bug2 - 26-9-2018 at 08:59 PM

ADEX 2018: Elbit Systems SPEAR mortar mounted on BTR-70 armored vehicle

Posted On Tuesday, 25 September 2018 19:16

At ADEX 2018, the Israel-based defense contractor is progressing towards with a new BTR-70S-mounted variant being introduced to the public for the first time in Azerbaijan.


Elbit Systems' SPEAR 120 mm automatic mortar system fitted on an SBS BTR-70 armored personnal carrier
(Picture source Army Recognition)

This upgrade program was first highlighted by Azeri newspaper in August 2017. It then confirmed that SBS’s SPEAR 120 mm automatic mortar complex of Elbit Systems was being mounted on BTR-70 chassis.

Azerbaijan State Border Service's (SBS) BTR-70s are currently being modernized at the service's maintenance center. The vehicle with new engine and control system is indexed as BTR-70S.

The Elbit Systems SPEAR mortar system is equipped with cutting-edge fire control, navigation, automatic aiming and propulsion systems, which facilitate a fully-autonomous operation and provide increased fire power and accuracy (within 30 meters of the Circular Error Probability (CEP) radius. In addition, the RMS’’ advanced target data collection and identification capabilities enhance situational awareness and increase crew survivability. SOLTAM SPEAR is offered both independently as a standalone installation or as an integral part of a larger artillery unit or formation. It is compatible with all types of 120mm smooth bore mortar systems and munitions.

The Soviet BTR-70 8×8 amphibious armoured personnel carrier was shown in public for the first time during the November 1980 parade in Moscow. Around 70 vehicles were delivered to the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in 1991.

The hull of the BTR-70 is of all-welded steel armour construction with improved protection over its frontal arc compared to the original BTR-60 series. The standard version of the vehicle is fitted with one-man turret armed with a 14.5 KPVT and a 7.62 mm PKVT machine gun.

The engine compartment is at the rear of the hull and is fitted with a fire extinguishing system. The vehicle is motorized with a new Diesel engine KAMA-740.11.240 and improved transmission. The vehicle can run at a maximum road speed of 80 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 550 km. The original single water-jet at the rear of the hull is removed which would indicate that the vehicle lost its amphibious capabilities.

The troop compartment is to the rear of the turret with three firing ports and one vision block in each side of the hull.

Between the second and third axles is a small door that opens to the front. The vehicle can carry a total of 10 soldiers including commander, driver and gunner.

bug2 - 27-9-2018 at 01:11 PM

ADEX 2018: VPK unveils 2S12 mortar carrier variant of the Tigr-M armored vehicle

Posted On Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:28

ADEX 2018 Defence Exhibition outdoor area is, once again, especially highlighting a handful of rarely seen defense projects. Beside the ATMOS M-46 SPH we talked about yesterday, the Russian vehicle manufacturer Military Industrial Company (VPK) is presenting not less than six different variants of its famous Tigr 4x4 light amoured vehicles. Among them is a new mortar-carrier variant showcased for the first time outside of Russia.


The Tigr-M mortar carrier variant introduced at ADEX 2018
(Picture source Army Recognition)

In its basic configuration, the 2S12 mortar system consists of a 120mm 2B11 mortar, 2L81 wheeled carriage, single SPTA kit for mortar and a transport vehicle. The whole system is now installed in a single vehicle, with the mortar system replacing the troops compartment at the rear of the Tigr-M. The vehicle is operated by a crew of four and can convey up to 56 rounds in the rear compartment. The 2S12 Sani mortar can fire up to 10 rounds per minut within a maximum firing range of 7 km. It can fire HE, smoke, illuminating or incendiary rounds.

This new mortar carrier vehicle "is designed to destroy or suppress manpower and weapons located in open field or protected positions. Due to the significant capacity of the rounds, high rate of fire and outstanding mobility on the SBM VPK-233136 chassis, the complex is able to render the troops efficient and timely fire support," said VPK at ADEX 2018.

The layout of the legacy Tigr-M GAZ-233114 is standard with the engine at the front, the crew seats in the middle, and the troop’s compartment at the rear. It is motorized with the Russian-made YaMZ-5347-10 diesel engine compliant with Euro 4 environmental friendliness standard. Other special purpose variants include the Tigr Kornet-EM, which carries the Kornet-EM Multipurpose missile system, and the Tigr-M MKTK REI PP mobile electronic warfare vehicle equipped with Leer-2 EW system.

bug2 - 3-10-2018 at 09:01 PM

Russia: self propelled Flox and Drok mortars, Magnolia gun begin preliminary trials

Posted On Tuesday, 02 October 2018 14:33

Self-propelled Flox and Drok mortars, Magnolia gun designed in the framework of Nabrosok R&D are undergoing preliminary trials, Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) producer said.


Flox 120mm mortar on Ural 6x6 chassis unveiled at Army 2016, near Kubinka (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The commander-in-chief of the Ground forces earlier said Russia was designing the Nabrosok set of artillery-mortar battalion arms with various chassis options, also for Arctic units. "Self-propelled Flox and Magnolia guns and Drok mortar are successfully undergoing preliminary trials," UVZ said. They were designed by Burevestnik Research Institute of UVZ which said in late August the weapons had been sent for trials.

The Phlox (Floks) is a 120mm wheeled, self-propelled mortar carrier designed by the Russian JSC Central Research Institute Burevestnik, a subdivision of UralVagonZavod. The Phlox was unveiled during Army 2016, the International Military Technical Forum which took place near Kubinka (Russia) in September 2016. The 120mm Flox is mounted on an Ural 6x6 truck, while the 120mm Magnolia is mounted on a two-section, articulated tracked undercarriage adapted to extreme conditions. The 82mm self-propelled Drok mortar is on mounted Kamaz chassis.

Burevestnik said the Defense Ministry included Nabrosok into the state arms program to create a whole range of highly mobile artillery guns for battalion level. Flox triggered interest of foreign customers, but so far there is no permission for its export.

bug2 - 30-10-2018 at 09:13 AM

Spain looking for new mounted mortar

Andrew Galer, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

29 October 2018

The Spanish Army is to announce a requirement for a new mounted mortar system in 2020, Jane's has learnt.


An Expal EIMOS system firing during a firepower demonstration in Almeria, Spain. (IHS Markit/Charles Forrester)

Speaking at the IQPC Future Mortars Conference in London on 24 October, Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Cano Artero of the Spanish Army told Jane's the service will be looking for a 120 mm mounted system to replace its Elbit Cardom systems.

Current modernisation plans will see a decision being taken in 2020, with both the Alakran system from Everis Aerospace/NTGS and the EIMOS system produced by Expal expected to be in contention (although the EIMOS is currently only configured for 81 mm mortars).

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bug2 - 31-10-2018 at 05:46 PM

New cooling system unveiled for 120 mm Alakran mortars

Andrew Galer, London - Jane's International Defence Review

31 October 2018

Spanish companies Everis Aerospace and Defense and New Technologies Global Systems (NTGS) have announced a new cooling system for their Alakran light mortar carrier.

The new development was in response to a customer request, Leon Bitar, Everis' vice-president for defence systems, told Jane's at the IQPC Future Mortars conference in London on 24 October 2018.

As a result, it had been designed and then tested by firing four rounds per minute for up to 20 minutes without the barrel temperature rising above 100°C, Bitar said. Without the system, this would have resulted in a barrel temperature of over 500°C.


Alakran 120 mm light mortar deployed in the firing position with a square baseplate lowered and the mortar firing to the rear. (Everis/NTGS)

That`s a file image of the original mortar, and not a water-cooled mortar...............

A barrel temperature of 180°C could result in the propelling charge igniting after 15 seconds and a 220°C temperature could cause instantaneous ignition. To reduce the temperature, the new system incorporates a sleeve around the barrel that generates a mist of 100-micron water droplets that evaporate and cool the barrel at a rate of 1,000 Kcals per minute, equivalent to 0.4°C per second.

Dissipating heat without the use of a cooling system can be slow, and regular firing can increase barrel temperature rapidly with firing five rounds in two minutes generally resulting in a rise of over 40°C, according to Everis' briefing materials.

The Alakran is a 120 mm mortar with a range of up to 8.2 km. It can be integrated onto a range of wheeled platforms that have a stated maximum payload of 1.5 tonnes without any need for structural reinforcements.

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bug2 - 3-11-2018 at 02:42 PM

Ukrainian 120mm Bars-8MMK Mobile Mortar

(Source: Ukraine National Security Council; issued Oct 31, 2018)


Ukraine’s new vehicle-mounted 120mm mortar needs only 1 minute to fire its first round, and 20 seconds to leave its firing position to avoid counterbattery fire, according to its makers. (UNSC photo)

The tests of the new Ukrainian mobile mortar complex were held, - Oleksandr Turchynov

The tests of the new Ukrainian 120-mm mobile mortar complex "Bars-8MMK" were held at the proving ground of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the military exercises; Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov visited the tests.

According to the NSDC Secretary, this mobile mortar complex was created by Ukrainian manufacturers based on the "Bars-8" armored vehicle. He also said that the combat vehicle is equipped with an automated deployment and fire control system.

"The complex can move quickly to the necessary point of fire, its computer system allows ground positioning, preparation for shooting from the original position takes only 1 minute," Mr. Turchynov said, adding that the mobile complex needs around 20 more seconds to leave the firing point avoiding the enemy's backfire. He also informed that the combat ammunition load of the vehicle is 60 mines while the crew consists of only three people.

"Manufacturers have solved several problems during the development of this mobile mortar complex - in particular, they have reached the maximum deployment and stowage speed, the ability to move off-road, the ability to hit the target with high accuracy, and, most importantly, the safety of its use", - the Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine noticed.

The Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine expressed his conviction that after the state tests are completed and the mobile mortar complex is deployed "it will occupy a worthy place in the armament of the Ground Forces, Air Assault Forces, and Special Operations Forces".

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bug2 - 9-11-2018 at 12:03 PM

IndoDefence 2018: Indonesian army displays Mekatronic 81mm mortar

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 08 NOVEMBER 2018 15:45

On its display area, TNI (the Indonesian army) is showcasing its new 81mm mortar with autoloader. It is aimed at being transportable on a very light 4-wheel trailer.


Mekatronik 81mm mortar, a weapon with autoloader much appreciated by its users (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Indonesian army is both happy s electric and proud to provide explanations about its new 81mm mortar with autoloader. The system weighs 825 kg. The hydraulic autoloader is powered by a 24 volts DC engine that also serves to make the mortar turn with a 360° radius. A surprising asset is that the movements of the mortar are implemented simply with a common Android smartphone loaded with the appropriate software. The minimum elevation is 45° and the maximum one is 83°. The rate of fire turns around 5 rounds per minute.

This fully indigenous mortar is the result of a project launched in 2016. Most probably, the trailer used to display the mortar for road transportation is not the actual model the army will purchase, as it could not be used offroad.


Mekatronik 81mm mortar on its trailer (Picture source: Army Recognition)

bug2 - 9-11-2018 at 12:16 PM

IndoDefence 2018: EXPAL presents EIMOS mortar system for the 1st time in APAC

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 08 NOVEMBER 2018 14:33

EXPAL brings to the South East Asia Pacific region its integrated mortar system EIMOS, designed to increase accuracy, reliability and survivability of Armed Forces’ operations in the battlefield. The company is showing the latest revision of the EIMOS onboard mortar system in its stand at Indo Defence 2018 exhibition in Jakarta.


EIMOS integrated mortar system on Expal stand at IndoDefence 2018 (Picture source Army Recognition)

EXPAL's EIMOS system, which has been in service since 2015, is the natural evolution of the conventional 81/60 mm mortar system. This mobility solution for mortar units integrates a 81 mm mortar (interchangeable with 60 mm) on a high mobility 4x4 vehicle, improving accuracy and reliability. This solution integrates also EXPAL’s TECHFIRE fire support information system, acting as a ballistic calculator, automatic aiming and firing system, as well as command and control system. All these functionalities let units quickly share targets, fire orders, impact adjustments among others. SHEPHERD-MIL, a mini UAV, completes EIMOS solution acting as an unmanned forward observer for the onboard mortar system and fully integrated into TECHFIRE.

A very quick time of deployment (less than 20 seconds), automatic aiming and firing with high accuracy, high effective hydro-pneumatic recoil absorption, fast fire rate, “shoot & scoot” capability and share of vital battlefield information, reflects the pursuing of troops survivality for different kind of missions.

The EIMOS system is part of EXPAL's one-stop shop solution, covering all lifecycle needs in indirect fire support missions in infantry operations, from ammunition and systems design and production to ammunition demilitarization.

bug2 - 13-11-2018 at 08:14 PM

Pindad’s Komodo 4×4 outfitted with 120 mm mortar

Christopher F Foss, London - Jane's International Defence Review

12 November 2018


A Komodo with an Ares 120 mm Recoil Mortar System mounted on a flatbed. Source: Christopher F Foss

The Indonesian Pindad Komodo 4×4 light armoured vehicle has been fitted with a 120 mm smoothbore version of the Brazilian Ares Recoil Mortar System (RMS) for trials purposes.

The four-door protected cab positioned in the middle of the Komodo is retained, and the 120 mm RMS is mounted on a power-operated turntable on the flatbed. It can also be fitted with an 81 mm mortar barrel, which could be used for training purposes as it has a shorter range and fires lower-cost ammunition than its 120 mm counterpart.

The 120 mm RMS has a fully automatic powered operating laying system with manual back up, and is integrated with a mortar fire control system (MFCS) that is embedded with an inertial navigation system (INS) and an onboard ballistic computer. This is meant to enable the system to come into action quicker, carry out a fire mission, and then redeploy.

If required, it can be integrated with a higher echelon command-and-control system and be linked to mortar fire controllers/forward observation officers (MFC/FOO) or a fire direction centre (FDC).

The 120 mm mortar’s range depends on the projectile/charge combination, but firing an unassisted high-explosive (HE) mortar bomb it is typically 7,000 m.

The number of mortar bombs carried depends on the size of the platform, but could be up to 70. Its maximum rate of fire is up to 16 rds/min, and it is designed to come into action and fire its first round within about 60 seconds and then rapidly move to another firing position.

The 120 mm RMS weighs 1,200 kg and can also be installed on larger 6×6 or 8×8 armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) and tracked AFVs, in which case it would be typically mounted in the rear of the platform and fired through open roof hatches.

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bug2 - 14-11-2018 at 08:35 PM

AirShow China 2018: Dongfeng CS/SS4 82mm self-propelled mortar system

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2018 17:28

During the Airshow China 2018 international aerospace exhibition held in Zhuhai from the 6 to 11 November 2018, automotive manufacturer Dongfeng Off-Road Vehicle has unveiled the development of a new self-propelled mortar (SPM) called CS/SS4, this new mortar system is based on the Soviet-/Russian-made 2B9M Vasilyok (Cornflower) 82mm automatic mortar system.


DongFeng CS/SS4 82mm self-propelled mortar system at AirShow China 2018, Zhuhai. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The CS/SS4 carries a 82 mm automatic mortar Type 81 that is a copy of the Vasyliok. "The CS/SS4 is a self-propelled rapid-fire mortar system that is intended for light infantry, airborne troops, marines, mountaineers and military police units. The weapon can be operated during patrol, reconnaissance, strike and fire support missions," a spokesperson for Dongfeng told TASS at the show.

Chinese Company Dongfeng did not disclose the specifications of the Type 81 mortar. However, the baseline model, the 2B9M Vasilyok, weighs 632 kg and has a four-strong crew. The weapon has a practical rate of fire of 100-120 rounds per minute and a technical rate of fire of 170 rounds per minute. The mortar features a muzzle velocity of 270-272 m/s and a range of some 4,300 m. The 2B9M is fitted with a PAM-1 2.5-3x optical sight. Thus, the Type 81 mortar is believed to have the same specifications.

The CS/SS4 uses the chassis of the Mengshi EQ-2050 4x4 all-terrain vehicle (ATV) developed by Dongfeng. The manufacturer claims that the ATV weighs some 2.3 t and has a payload capacity of 1.2 t. The vehicle is 4.7 m long, 2.1 m wide and 1.75 m high. The EQ-2050 is powered by a 150-hp Cummins EQB150-20 diesel engine, producing a maximum speed of 120 km/h and a range of 500 km.


Close view of 82mm mortar system mounted at the rear of the CS/SS4 (Picture source Army Recognition)

The CS/SS4 SPM is reported to have a crew of four, including two gunners, a commander and a driver.

According the People`s Liberation Army (PLA), the Chinese military intensively operates the CS/SS4 artillery system. "The SPM is supplied to the airborne troops. It is an easy-to-operate rapid-fire weapon system that can engage both dismounted infantry and field installations. The CS/SS4 perfectly matches the ‘shoot- and-scoot’ tactics of the People`s Liberation Army Air Force Airborne Corps [PLAAFAC]," said Chinese military source.

bug2 - 1-12-2018 at 02:15 PM

EXPAL awarded Swiss mortar contract

Charles Forrester, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

30 November 2018

Spanish defence systems manufacturer EXPAL announced on 29 November that it had been awarded a contract from Swiss defence procurement agency Armasuisse for 81 mm mortars.

The company declined to provide further details on the contract.

Switzerland's 81 mm mortar programme was launched in September 2015, with a total procurement budget of CHF116 million (USD116.6 million). The programme is split into three separate procurements, covering mortar tubes, fire control systems, and observation systems.

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bug2 - 3-12-2018 at 10:35 PM

This may be the system awarded above..................





bug2 - 7-12-2018 at 10:09 PM

Test Firings for Patria Nemo Container Conducted Successfully in Demanding Sea Conditions

(Source: Patria; issued Dec 05, 2018)



The latest member of Patria’s Game Changers of the Battlefield – Patria Nemo Container has undergone vigorous test firings in demanding sea conditions on board Fast Supply Vessel in Sweden. The tests mainly concentrated on the functionality of the Patria Nemo Container in sea conditions with various firing modes, including firing on the move. Another important aspect was testing of the interface of the Patria Nemo Container and the vessel in general in harsh sea conditions and, especially while performing fire missions.

VIDEO: Patria Nemo Container video 2018:
https://youtu.be/sas4gTqr6Ts

Patria Nemo Container together with the Fast Supply Vessel was performing as expected and the ground-breaking concept of the 20 ft sea container with 120 mm turreted mortar system was proving its ingenuity also as a naval weapon system. It was able to operate as a mobile firing unit, both with direct and indirect fire, thus being ideal for supporting the battle of the coastal jaeger troops / coastal rangers / marines etc.

More importantly, Nemo Container proved that it is as mobile and agile as its “brothers” directly integrated onto land (Patria Nemo) or naval platforms (Patria Nemo Navy). Patria Nemo Container was functioning perfectly on board – this time on the Swedish Fast Supply Vessel. Rapid response, accuracy, shoot & scoot, firepower, protection, mobility - all the characteristics of Patria’s Game Changers of the Battlefield were proven.

Together with the successful land tests earlier on Sisu E13TP 8x8 off-road truck, these naval tests verified that Patria Nemo Container truly opens a whole new market segment for Patria’s turreted mortar systems.

Patria is an international provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services and technology solutions. Patria provides its aerospace and military customers with equipment availability, continuous performance development as well as selected intelligence, surveillance and management system products and services. Patria has several locations including Finland, Sweden, Norway and Estonia. Net sales totalled EUR 467.7 million in 2017, and Patria employs 2,800 professionals.

Patria is owned by the State of Finland (50.1%) and Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (49.9%). Patria owns 50% of Norwegian Nammo, and together these three companies form a leading Nordic defence partnership.

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JimWH - 9-12-2018 at 01:33 PM

Sharp looking bit of kit. Pity there seems to be no appetite for 120mm mortars in the ADF. Which I suppose is fair given the long list of other priorities at the moment.

bug2 - 9-12-2018 at 03:09 PM

The 81mm mortars have to be getting a bit long in the tooth now?

Still, as you say, 120mm mortars of any kind appear to be a distant wish.............

JimWH - 10-12-2018 at 11:30 AM

Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
The 81mm mortars have to be getting a bit long in the tooth now?

Still, as you say, 120mm mortars of any kind appear to be a distant wish.............


True enough, but they're also still serviceable with plenty of life left in them, and doctrinally they'll still be important even if we also diversified into having heavier mortars too (i.e. so the infantry continue to have a useable organic indirect fire support platform).

I also still wonder if towed 120mm mortars would be a better match for the ARes RRAA than the 81mm tubes? With better range and heavier warhead they'd have to more closely simulate the effects of the 155mm howitzers they are practising to control at the same time as still being light enough to integrate with the reserve battle group they are attached to operationally. Also, if we look at potential operational roles for the on-line reserve battlegroup, having a bit of extra reach would be helpful for relatively static but dispersed operations like rear-area security whilst still being really bloody useful if on-line brigade had to take on a built-up environment.
If such a buy could be combined with an SP 120mm mortar for use in a divisional-level artillery regiment, the economies would have to lower the opportunity cost associated with such a buy.

bug2 - 10-12-2018 at 12:35 PM

The USMC want to get rid of their 120mm Towed Mortars, basically because they are superfluous to their needs.............might be a good opportunity, they are not exactly old!

bug2 - 14-12-2018 at 02:35 PM

Russian 2S41 82mm self-propelled mortar carrier to undergo trials in 2019

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 13 DECEMBER 2018 17:30

The new 2S41 Drok 82mm self-propelled mortar carrier designed to support airborne assault units will undergo state trials in 2019 prior to being adopted for service by the Russian Airborne Troops, the Airborne Troops’ press group said.


Scale model of Russian-made 2S41 82mm 4x4 wheeled self-propelled mortar carrier at Army-2017, International Military Technical Forum in Moscow, August 2017. (Picture source Army Recognition)

"The trials of the new weapon developed in the interests of artillery units of the Airborne Troops will take place at several Russian Defense Ministry ranges simultaneously. It’s going to be one of the first advanced developments made in the interests of artillery units of the Airborne Troops. It will considerably increase the fire power of the airborne assault units," it said.

The 2S41 self-propelled 82mm Drok mortar carrier has been developed on the basis of the Taifun-VDV armored vehicle with an increased level of protection. It has unique firepower and shooting range characteristics. The new highly mobile airborne artillery gun can fire with ordinary and new mortar munitions of an increased might and with a longer shooting range from the mortar carrier’s fighting compartment. The crew can dismount the mortar and fire mortar munitions from the ground.

The Drok mortar carrier weighs 14 tons; its crew has four men; the mortar’s operational range reaches 100-6,000 meters; the rapidity of fire is about 12 shots per minute; the ammunition load is 40 mortar munitions. The 2S41 mortar carrier is designed, first and foremost, for artillery units of motorized rifle and airborne units. It can be used by mountaineers and airborne assault units of the Airborne Troops.

© Copyright 2018 TASS / Army Recognition Group SPRL . All rights reserved.

bug2 - 9-1-2019 at 09:28 AM

Algeria displays new Chinese self-propelled mortars

Jeremy Binnie, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

08 January 2019

The Algerian National Army has acquired 120 mm SM4 self-propelled mortars made by the Chinese company Norinco. The acquisition was revealed when the Algerian Ministry of National Defence (MND) released photographs and footage showing a visit to the 2nd Military Region by Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaïd Salah on 7 January.

Six SM4s were seen firing during an exercise that the MND said was carried out in Sidi Bel Abbès province and involved units from the 36th Motorised Infantry Brigade and 8th Armoured Division.

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NORINCO rolls out SM4 120 mm mortar vehicle

Christopher F Foss, London – IHS Jane’s International Defence Review 01 July 2016

The latest Chinese SM4 120 mm self-propelled mortar is based on a 6×6 WMZ-551 amphibious armoured personnel carrier, which is seen here in its ready to fire configuration with roof hatches open and mortar traversed to the front. Source: NORINCO

China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) is exporting a new 120 mm mortar version of the widely deployed 6×6 WMZ-551 amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC) designated the SM4 120 mm self-propelled mortar (SPM).

The crew and diesel engine compartment is located at the front and for its new mission the roof line of the WMZ-551 has been raised towards the vehicle’s rear to provide greater internal volume for the 120 mm muzzle-loaded mortar and its ammunition. The driver is seated front left with the commander to the right and above the latter position is an unprotected pintle-mounted 12.7 mm machine gun (MG).

NORINCO is now marketing a number of remote weapon stations (RWSs) and one of these could potentially be fitted in place of the 12.7 mm MG to enable the weapon to be fired from under armour and environmental protection. For use in high ambient temperatures an air-conditioning system is fitted as standard and the fully amphibious capability of the standard 6×6 WMZ-551 APC is retained.

With little preparation the WMZ-551 SM4 120 mm SPM is fully amphibious and propelled in the water by a shrouded propeller fitted one either side at the rear that enables the vehicle to reach maximum swimming speed of up to 8.5 km/h. The system has a crew of five, including the commander and driver and NORINCO is quoting a gross vehicle weight of 17 tonnes including ammunition, and a maximum road speed of up to 100 km/h.

The 120 mm mortar is fitted with a specially designed recoil system to reduce the stress on the platform so that no stabilisers are required to be deployed before the weapon is fired. The weapon is coupled to a computerised fire-control system (FCS) that enables the system to come into action, carry out a fire mission and then redeploy before the arrival of counter battery fire.

ADMK2 - 9-1-2019 at 10:42 AM

Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
The 81mm mortars have to be getting a bit long in the tooth now?

Still, as you say, 120mm mortars of any kind appear to be a distant wish.............


The old F2 81mm mortar has been replaced recently with a new tube based 81mm system. It’s more of the same really, but just newer tubes, etc. No actual capability enhancement from what I can see. There is a new project for ‘next generation’ mortar ammunition to replace existing stock, so that may afford an improvement, but overall our mortar capability isn’t exactly state of the art, or improving, really.

bug2 - 11-1-2019 at 09:39 PM

Saudi Arabia’s Border Guard displays 120 mm Alakran mortar

Jeremy Binnie, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

10 January 2019


A member of Saudi Arabia’s Border Guard takes a round from the Alakran's ammunition storage rack. Source: General Directorate of Border Guard

Saudi Arabia's Border Guard has revealed itself as an operator of the 120 mm Alakran rapid-deployment mortar when it displayed the system during the Al-Janadriyah Festival, an annual cultural event in the kingdom.

Made by the Spanish company New Technologies Global Systems (NTGS), the system uses a mechanical system to lower the mortar to the ground so that it faces away from the rear of the vehicle. The operator can then automatically lay the barrel using the computerised fire-control system.

The system is available in 120 mm and 81 mm versions, with the former weighing 300 kg, enabling it to be carried by various types of light vehicle.

NTGS has released a video showing the mortar being deployed, firing two rounds at different targets, and retracting, in just over one minute.

A company representative said in October 2018 that the Alakran had been sold to three undisclosed Middle Eastern countries, one of which requested a cooling system that would prevent propelling charges from prematurely igniting in the barrel during sustained firing. NTGS came up with a solution involving a sleeve that generates water droplets to cool the barrel.

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bug2 - 11-1-2019 at 09:56 PM

Russia’s Lotos SPH to enter state trials in 2019

Dmitry Fediushko, Moscow - Jane's International Defence Review

10 January 2019



It's not a howitzer, it's a 120mm mortar...............

The Lotos (Lotus) self-propelled howitzer (SPH) being developed by Russia’s TsNIITochMash design bureau, a subsidiary of Rostec, for the Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) will enter its state trials this year, an industry source told Jane’s .

“The state trials of the Lotos SPH are scheduled for 2019. The vehicle will be tested alongside the Zavet-D mobile command-and-control post that is based on the chassis of the BTR-MDM armoured personnel carrier. The trials will be conducted at several test ranges. The prototype of the SPH is now being assembled at the TsNIITochMash,” the source said, adding that both platforms could be transported by airlifters and airdropped by parachute systems.

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bug2 - 5-2-2019 at 04:40 PM

Collaboration Produces Results

(Source: Swedish defence matériel agency, FMV; issued Feb 01, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)


Sweden has taken delivery of four pre-production armored mortar vehicles, which combine a Swedish-made CV90 hull fitted with a turret for a Finnish-made AMOS twin-barreled 120mm mortar. (FMV photo)

In two years, the Granatkastaranscarband 90 program has gone from contract to delivery. FMV's Director General, Göran Mårtensson, was impressed when he received the first four vehicles.

Just before Christmas 2016, FMV signed an agreement with HB Development for the delivery of 40 armored mortar vehicles. When supplier HB Utveckling AB, a joint venture between BAE Systems Bofors AB and BAE Systems Hägglunds AB, today rolled out the first four prototype vehicles, FMV's Director General Göran Mårtensson noted that much can be achieved when you have a good cooperation.

“Going from contract to delivery in two years is impressive. It shows a very good cooperation between us at FMV, the Swedish Armed Forces and the industry.”

The first four vehicles are pre-production units that will be used for training, methodology tests and validation trials. The first regular production vehicles will then be delivered in August, and the others will follow until final delivery in 2020.

“It will be a supplement that will increase the operational effect of the mechanized battalions,” says Göran Mårtensson.

The project manager at FMV, Lars Taraldsson, and his counterpart at the industry, Ulrika Berg, together with their respective project groups and representatives from the Swedish Armed Forces, piloted the project until the handover of the pre-production vehicles.

The Granatkastaranscarband 90 (armored grenade launcher vehicle 90, or Grkpbv90) is to act as a battalion’s organic artillery and is based on Combat Vehicle 90 chassis.

In terms of performance, Grkpbv90 will meet the current criteria when it comes to firing rate, and they will be considerably faster to group and move, as all the equipment and personnel are inside the vehicle, together with their own navigation system, POS2.

This means that platoons with Grkpbv90 will have increased ability to support the armor units by being faster at grouping, shooting and regrouping. A platoon with towed mortars moves in ten minutes, while the Grkpbv90 can do it two minutes, and is also ready to move one minute after having fired the last round.

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bug2 - 5-2-2019 at 04:44 PM

The turret might have been made for the Finnish AMOS twin-barreled mortar BUT the mortar that has been installed is an older Swedish system...........the change has been done for financial reasons as AMOS is more capable...........but more expensive.

bug2 - 20-2-2019 at 09:23 PM

IDEX 2019: Finland, Sweden interested in NEMO Container

Charles Forrester, Abu Dhabi - Jane's Defence Weekly

20 February 2019

Finland’s Patria has provided Jane’s with an update on the NEMO Container 120 mm mortar system, following on from extensive testing in the Baltic Sea last year.

According to Kari Reunamäki, Patria’s vice-president for Weapon Systems, the design of the system is now locked down following on from at-sea, on-the-move firing testing.

Previous firing tests had involved firing from a static position, as well as from a truck, and on-the-move from a truck. While the system is entirely modular – based on a standard 20 ft long International Standards Organisation (ISO) shipping container and can be mounted on many truck systems, the truck-mounted tests involved a Finnish Sisu truck.

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bug2 - 20-2-2019 at 10:49 PM

IDEX 2019: New Russian SPMs make international debut

Dmitry Fediushko, Abu Dhabi - Jane's Defence Weekly

20 February 2019


A previously unseen model of the 120 mm Floks self-propelled mortar on display at IDEX 2019. Source: Dmitry Fediushko

Russia's newest self-propelled mortars (SPMs), the Floks and Drok, made their international debut at the IDEX show being held in Abu Dhabi between 17-21 February, with models of both systems being displayed for the first time.

A representative of the systems' manufacturer, Rostec's Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), told Jane's that the Floks 120 mm SPM is designed to enhance the firepower of mechanised infantry. "The system is based on the chassis of a protected Ural-4320 family 6×6 truck that features all-round protection against small arms. The Floks carries a 120 mm rifled semi-automatic gun-mortar that fires both mortar and artillery shells. The system features a separate [gun] drive that substantially reduces circular error probable," said the source.

The Floks is also fitted with a roof-mounted remotely controlled weapon station (RCWS) with a 7.62 mm machine gun as well as a laser warning system and optical jammer, he added.

The Drok 82 mm SPM based on the Taifun-VDV 4×4 mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle is primarily intended for rapid deployment troops, the UVZ source said. The system is armed with a manual breech-loading mortar mounted in a turret. It fires both standard 82 mm mortar shells and new ammunition with increased range and lethality.

"The Drok can carry an additional 82 mm 2B24 towed mortar and an RCWS," added the source. The mortar [system] weighs 14 tonnes and carries four crew. "The system is fitted with an optical jammer and six smoke dischargers."

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bug2 - 22-2-2019 at 06:04 PM

Singapore introduces new variant of 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System

FEBRUARY 22, 2019

The 120mm SRAMS Mk. I. ST Engineering Land Systems launched the new Mk. II variant with improvements over the Mk. I.


Singapore defense manufacturer ST Engineering Land Systems confirmed that they have completed the development and testing of a new Mk. II variant of their 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS).

Compared to the original SRAMS Mk. I, it will have an all-electric 180 degree traverse and elevation hydraulic system. It retains but improved the system’s standard equipment including the use of a computerized Fire Control System.

Aside from the actual mortar system, ST Engineering Land Systems also introduced a new munition for the SRAMS 120mm mortar called the PM120 precision-guided mortar bomb (PGMB), with option warheads including the Extended Range High Explosive (ERHE), ER Infrared Red Phosphorous (IRRP), and ER Illuminating.

The new PM120 munition has a circular error probable of up to 10 meters accuracy.

bug2 - 23-2-2019 at 12:34 PM

IDEX 2019: New Didgori models break cover

Charles Forrester, Abu Dhabi - Jane's International Defence Review

22 February 2019


The Didgori Meomari 120 mm mobile mortar system from Georgia’s Delta State Military Scientific-Technical Centre was displayed at IDEX 2019. Source: IHS Markit

Georgia’s Delta State Military Scientific-Technical Centre has expanded its family of Didgori vehicles, launching the 4×4 tactical patrol variant Didgori Meomari Tactical Armoured Modular Vehicle and exhibiting a mortar carrier variant of the vehicle at IDEX 2019.

The mortar carrier version displayed at IDEX 2019 was fitted with a 120 mm mortar and is in line for a “significant” contract with the Georgian military, Jane’s was told. That particular system will feature a Soviet-era 120 mm system, in line with the country’s current stock of heavy mortars, and will not feature an on-board fire-control system (FCS). However, an onboard FCS can be fitted to meet customer requirements.

Mounted on a hydraulically operated trolley that folds onto the vehicle’s rear tray for transport, the mortar system can be detached from the trolley in about 20 seconds if the crew needs to re-site the system or replace the tube. The mortar’s supporting bipod is mounted off the trolley, with the base of the trolley providing the necessary support for the mortar as a baseplate and removing the need for any further off-platform supports.

According to the company, the system can achieve a rate of fire of 15 rounds per minute, at ranges of 480–7,100 m. The vehicle can carry 24–48 rounds of ammunition, depending on loadout, and can also be equipped with a remote weapons station (RWS) for crew protection if required.

Alternative calibres, primarily 105 mm and 81 mm, can be accommodated on the trolley.

Compared with the baseline model of the Didgori Meomari, the mortar carrier’s rear leaf suspension spring is replaced with an air-suspension system.

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bug2 - 23-2-2019 at 01:14 PM

IDEX 2018: Singapore’s ST Engineering launches SRAMS 120 mm Mk II

Christopher F Foss, Abu Dhabi - Jane's International Defence Review

21 February 2019


Singapore's ST Engineering Land Systems has completed the development and testing of new version of its 120 mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS), called the Mk II, and new ammunition for it.The latest ST Engineering 120 mm SRAMS Mk II features an all-electric elevation and traverse system. (Christopher F Foss)

The latest ST Engineering 120 mm SRAMS Mk II features an all-electric elevation and traverse system. (Christopher F Foss)

The original 120 mm SRAMS featured hydraulic elevation and traverse, but the latest SRAMS Mk II has all-electric elevation and traverse with the latter increased to 180 o left and right, according to James Soon of ST Engineering Land Systems. This is laid onto the target using a computerised fire control system (FCS) by the operator, via a flat panel display and associated controls. It can fire 10 rounds a minute.

The latest suite of ST Engineering 120 mm ammunition includes the PM120 precision guided mortar bomb (PG MB), Extended Range High Explosive (ER HE), ER Infra-Red Red Phosphorous (IR RP) and ER Illuminating. These are all designed for use with smoothbore mortar systems.

The 120 mm PM120 is GPS guided and the company quoted a maximum range of up to 8.5 km and a circular error probable (CEP) of 10 m. The HE warhead contains 2.8 kg of TNT. ER HE also contains 2.8 kg of TNT but this can be insensitive munition (IM) compliant if requested by the customer and is fitted with a DM111A4/A5 nose mounted fuze. Maximum muzzle velocity was being quoted as 408 m/s and maximum range of up to 9 km.

The ER RP contains three smoke canisters and is fitted with a MTSQ DM93 fuze, with a maximum muzzle velocity of 408 m/s and a maximum range of up to 9 km, ST Engineering said. The ER illuminating round has the same fuze, muzzle velocity, and range as the ER RP and has an illuminating intensity of 1.25 million cd. There is also the option of IR Illuminating.

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bug2 - 26-2-2019 at 02:08 PM

IDEX 2019: Eraf displayed its Okruban mobile mortar 120mm on 4x4 pickup truck

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Eraf is a leader in the design, development, production, support and enhancement of tracked, wheeled military and specialized commercialized vehicles in Saudi Arabia. The Spanish company Everis Aerospace and Defense unveiled this mobile mortar at BIDEC 2017, the Bahrain International Defense Exhibition and Conference. During IDEX 2019, Eraf announced a sale to an undisclosed customer.


Eraf "Okruban" mobile mortar 120mm in a 40-round storage version (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Okruban mobile portar 120mm works on the basis of an automatic deployment and retraction system, with an automatic horizontal and vertical adjustment of the tube controlled via a console associated to a joystick. The storage compartment behind the two-man cab enables the vehicle to carry 32 mortar shells (16 on each side), or 40 in another version. The time for deployment is only 12 seconds, and 10 seconds for retraction. The weight of the system without the mortar tube itself is 370 kg. The traverse guidance angle varies from -90 to +90°. The elevation angle varies from +45 to +85°.

In the case of a 120mm mortar firing with 7 charges (or a maximum range of over 8,000 m). the recoil will be equivalent to a mass of 3.600 kg falling from 5 meters. This is a very large force, and would require a very heavy vehicle, together with a recoil absorber system to manage the huge amount of energy Traditionally, this solution was the one adopted by the industry, until the development of the Alakran by NTGS, a company of the Everis Aerospace and Defense Group. With its new technology, Alakran solves the operational problems of current mortar carriers as overload, vehicle reinforcement, large platforms, overheating, limited firing capabilities, etc.

Since it doesn't use any recoil absorber system, the Alakran is easy to operate and it keeps the traditional mortar tube effectiveness and efficiency. Likewise, its electromechanical aiming system provides high speed and accuracy in its operation. The Alakran software incorporates GIS technology and new features such as the Zonal Shooting and Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact system that simplifies operations by increasing the mortar effect over the enemy.

The Alakran 120mm mortar system is mounted on Toyota chassis Landcruiser but it can be easily integrated on other light vehicles such as a Jeep J8, a Land Rover, or any other pickup truck having at least a1.5-ton payload without the need for structural reinforcements.


Eraf "Okruban" mobile mortar 120mm in a 32-round storage version (Picture source: ERAF)

bug2 - 5-3-2019 at 04:32 PM

Russia: trials of three airborne artillery weapons to begin in 2019

POSTED ON MONDAY, 04 MARCH 2019 13:45

Three latest artillery pieces for the Airborne Forces are ready for trials in 2019. They are 120mm self-propelled Lotos gun, artillery fire control vehicle Zavet-D and Drok mortar. They are likely to be accepted into service in 2020, the Army Standard weekly writes.


120mm self-propelled artillery 2S42 Lotos (Picture source: Vitaly Kuzmin)

Besides the already operational BMD-4M airborne fighting vehicle and Rakushka BTR-MDM armored personnel carrier, the airborne and air assault units will soon receive new artillery weapons. It has recently become known that Lotos 2S42 and portable/vehicle-borne Drok 2S41 on Typhoon-VDV vehicle will begin final trials in 2019. Modern Zavet-D artillery fire control vehicle is also prepared for the Airborne Forces.

120mm Lotos can fire up to eight various munitions per minute at a distance of 13 km. It is over four kilometers longer than currently operational Nona-S can do. The gun has a fuel range of 500 km at a speed of 40 km/h on dirt road and 70 km/h on tar road. The deployment time into combat position and back is 30 seconds. The vertical inclination angle of the Lotos gun is 80 degrees.

The Lotos is to replace 120mm Nona-S 2S9, 2S9-1 Sviristelka and Nona-SM 2S9-1M self-propelled guns in the Airborne Forces. Lotos is distinguished by a satellite-navigation automatic control and fire adjustment system. It will help artillery men automatically receive and transmit target data. The equipment of the new gun fully meets requirements to modern general combat and is interfaced with automatic controls of airborne firepower.

Airborne Lotos will combine the advantages of several artillery guns and aim the weapon 360 degrees by the azimuth and fire at elevation angles of -4 to +80 degrees. It can fire from closed positions as an ordinary howitzer and destroy targets by curved fire as a mortar. If necessary, it can fire directly as a cannon.

Various shells and mines can be used. Open sources said Lotos would fire prospective artillery shells with increased power. 120mm munitions will have destruction characteristics of standard 152mm guns. Lotos gun can fire 120mm shells produced in various countries. The caliber is popular in the world and will not leave the Russian gun unarmed in combat on adversary territory.

The Drok is a self-propelled (man-portable/vehicle-borne) mortar on Typhoon-VDV armored vehicle with high firepower and shooting range. The new mobile airborne artillery weapon can fire ordinary and higher range and power mines directly from the combat compartment of the vehicle. It is also possible to take off the mortar and fire from the ground.

Typhoon-VDV K-4386 armored vehicle has improved maneuvering characteristics and reliable armor. Its 350HP engine accelerates the 14-ton vehicle to 100 km/h and has a fuel distance of 1200 km. Drok fires to a distance of six kilometers and the minimal target destruction distance is 100 meters. The rate of fire is 12 shots per minute and the round of munitions comprises 40 mines. The vehicle is armed with a machinegun installed in remotely controlled combat module to destroy infantry. The vehicle can also carry electronic warfare equipment. The Drok offers a mobile alternative to existing 82mm-caliber portable or towed mortars. The new weapon will be tested at several ranges of the Russian Defense Ministry.

This year, the paratroopers will receive Zavet-D artillery fire control vehicle for test operation. It will replace Reostat mobile reconnaissance and fire control units. Zavet-D was created on the basis of airdropped Rakushka BTR-MDM. It has the same maneuvering characteristics and can overcome water obstacles.

The vehicle has been designed for the Airborne Forces since 2016. It is equipped with advanced high-tech devices. They detect and identify targets, including camouflaged ones. Some experts believe Zavet-D will interact with various drones, the Army Standard said.

bug2 - 8-3-2019 at 01:49 PM

"Easier, Smoother, Faster"

(Source: Swedish Ministry of Defense FMV; issued March 06, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)


The two CV90 mortar vehicles during trials at the Swedish Army’s ground combat school. Note that the vehicle in the background is being loaded from the muzzle by an automated mechanism, while other similar systems use breech loading. (FMV screen grab)

For the first time, the Swedish Armed Forces will be able to shoot, reload ammunition and operate the CV90 mortar vehicle while protected.

Two of the mortar carriers that FMV received from the industry this week are now being used by the Army Ground Combat School for training instructors. The vehicles receive high marks from the prospective instructors. "Easier and smoother than I could imagine," says Master Sgt. Joakim Kylstad.

To the proven Combat Vehicle 90 system has been added an embedded grenade launcher (mortar) function, giving increased ability to support units by being faster at moving into battery, firing and moving, otherwise known as “shoot and scoot” in artillery circles.

The first four vehicles are now available and will be used for training, methodology tests and system validation. Recently, the first training was conducted by the Armed Forces' future instructors.

“This is the first time we can load up with ammunition, shoot and drive away. While we are training future instructors, we are also gaining experience that we can use to improve the system, technically as well as in operational tactics, until the production vehicles are delivered,” says Major Nils Carlsson at the development unit at the Swedish Armed Forces Ground Fighting School.

A platoon with conventional towed mortars can prepare to fire in ten minutes, while with the Granatkastarpansarbandvagn 90 (Armored Grenade Launcher Vehicle, or Grkpbv90), the platoon must be able to do it in two minutes and also be ready to move on less than one minute after firing the last round.

Master Sgt. Joakim Kylstad was one of the participants in the instructor training. He notes that they are not there in time. “We are still an inexperienced crew, but still we can group in about five minutes, but it is still much better.”

Lars and Nils

FMV's project manager Lars Taraldsson and Major Nils Carlsson at the development unit at the Army Ground Combat School have closely collaborated in developing the new system.

The crew manages the ammunition manually inside the hull, which means that they are protected both while they are on the move and while firing.

“It is simpler and goes both faster and smoother than I could imagine,” says Joakim Kylstad.

The first production vehicles will be delivered in August, and deliveries will continue until final delivery in 2020.

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bug2 - 3-4-2019 at 10:57 AM

Sofins 2019: Cathyor exhibits the FLY-K Mk2 individual grenade launcher

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 02 APRIL 2019 20:38

At Sofins 2019, the fourth edition of this exhibition dedicated to Special Operations Forces, Cathyor Engineering presents its FLY-K Mk2 individual and mobile grenade launcher.


Caytheor fly k individual grenade launcher

The Fly-K Mk2 stealth weapon systems is designed to give individual, squad or platoon scale, an enormous advantage of being able to engage the enemy without betraying its location. During night time operations, grenades are not detectable when firing and the trajectory cannot be observed or traced by radar, which provides a huge tactical advantage.

The Fly-K Mk2 is already successfully implemented in the UAE and French Army. To meet the latest French Army requirements, the Fly-K was granted a new range indicator, digital display mounted on top of the launcher, a new base plate which offers a better sitting on the ground, a new ball and socket for a better clearance.

The system is a compact lightweight and rugged weapon designed for close combat range providing extended firepower. It is currently fielded by the French Land, Navy, Air, Special Forces and French Foreign Legion. The combination of its easy use, the stealthy firing and wide grenade range such as grapnel, tactical ladder, High Explosive Fragmentation, Smoke, target practice with marker or visual/infrared illumination makes it an effective and flexible system.

bug2 - 3-4-2019 at 07:12 PM

Switzerland ready to buy Cobra 120 mm mortar systems

Christopher F Foss, London - Jane's International Defence Review

03 April 2019



Following extensive trials, the Swiss Army is expected to place a contract for a new 120 mm self-propelled (SP) mortar system in the next 6-12 months, according to Captain Lars Kristian Lehman of the Swiss Armed Forces.

Capt Lehman revealed the forthcoming contract in March at the Omega Conferences & Events' Mortar Systems Conference in Bristol, UK. A contract signing has been expected since the Swiss Army first began firing trials with the system in May 2016.

When fielded, the 120 mm SP mortar system will fill a gap in the army's indirect firepower capability, between its 81 mm mortar systems and its 155 mm/47-calibre upgraded M109L47 series self-propelled artillery systems.

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RUAG COBRA Mortar System

Act instinctively. Manoeuvre instantly. RUAG Defence has developed a new 120 mm Mortar System named COBRA. The COBRA is a high-tech product that sets new standards for indirect fire systems. A key factor is the use of an electric drive to ensure both the accuracy and the speed of the system. The COBRA can be easily integrated into any tracked or wheeled vehicle and is designed so users can be quickly trained to a high standard of operation.

Cobra Video: https://www.ruag.com/en/products-services/land/vehicles-weap...

Your benefits

Intuitive, simple handling
Complete reliability
Effective training
Compact design
Fully integrated
Shoot & Scoot
Safe loading

Technology facts

- Range 7000 to 9000 meters
- Caliber 120 mm
- Barrel length 160 cm / 200 cm
- Ammunition 120 mm
- Weight 1200 kg (without loading machine) 1350 kg (with loading machine)
- Recoil Force 30 tonnes / 30 milliseconds
- Shoot of first round < 60 seconds
- Scoot from firing immediate
- Optimal fire performance

You control the RUAG COBRA Mortar System quickly and accurately. Automatic setup and loading guarantees consistence with its 120 mm ammunition. Electrical drives make the system highly accurate, whilst ballistic computing enables MRSI firing (Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact).

Focus on the essentials

The RUAG COBRA Mortar System becomes an extension of the user. With intuitive and simple handling and automated loading, crews can focus on what matters: rapid and secure mission success. COBRA protects users against incorrect operation or double loading when operating at night or in extreme weather.

Easily integrated

The compact design keeps things simple for users and allows easy integration into a wide variety of vehicle types. Making the RUAG COBRA Mortar System a highly flexible artillery system that meets the strategic needs of modern forces. Future ready, the COBRA has interfaces for a wide variety of battle management and communication systems.

Embedded training

The RUAG COBRA Mortar System offers optimal training: operational knowledge is effectively gained without long training times. Efficient and directly on-site crews become intuitive operators of the COBRA and the full range of accompanying subsystems.


bug2 - 12-4-2019 at 09:22 AM

Elbit Systems to supply Stylet GMM to Asia-Pacific country

Yaakov Lappin, Tel Aviv - Jane's Defence Weekly

11 April 2019

Israel's Elbit Systems announced on 11 April that it has been awarded a USD30 million contract to supply an undisclosed number of 120 mm Stylet Guided Mortar Munitions (GMMs) to a country in the Asia-Pacific region.

The contract for these GMMs, which have been designed for use by tactical combat units and special forces, will be performed over a two-year period, said the company in a statement.

The Stylet GMM, which uses a GPS-aided INS-based guidance system, has an accuracy of less than 10 m circular error probable (CEP) at ranges of 1,000-8,500 m. Although its warhead is smaller than a normal 120 mm mortar bomb, its high accuracy and the use of a multimode proximity fuze ensures its lethality.

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bug2 - 31-5-2019 at 07:26 PM

IDET 2019: VTU displays its ANTOS-LR ultralight 60mm mortar

Posted On Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:44

The Czech defence company VTU is showcasing its ANTOS-LR ultralight 60mm mortar at IDET 2019, Brno in the Czech Republic from May 29 to May 31.


VTU was displaying its ANTOS-LR ultralight 60mm mortar during IDET 2019, Czech Republic (Picture Source: Army Recognition)

The ANTOS-LR is an ultralight 60mm mortar, designed from components from high strength aluminium titan alloys and plastics. Standardised mortar calibre (60.7mm) enables to use 60mm mortar bombs both from the Czech production and defined mortar bombs from NATO countries.

The 60mm mortar ANTOS-LR is designed to reinforce the firepower of paratroopers, reconnaissance troops and Special Forces. It serves as a supporting artillery weapon of military units at squad or platoon level. It is designed to pacify and destroy enemy infantry and firing devices of an enemy located in unprotected foxholes and shelters. In addition to that, it is possible to use the mortar to destroy defence barricades, defence observation points, meeting points, military camps, basements or storages, and to liquidate firing centres and local resistance centres.

bug2 - 4-6-2019 at 11:01 AM

BAE Systems releases new video of its Mjlner Hammer of Thor mortar system

Posted On Monday, 03 June 2019 08:44

The vehicle-mounted mortar system Mjlner, developed and produced by BAE Systems Hgglunds, will increase the indirect fire capability to support mechanized battalions. It allows the user army to field a capability well adapted for different vehicle platforms while enhancing the whole fleets firepower.


Mjlner, or Hammer of Thor (Picture source: BAE Systems)

Mjlner is a turret solution with two smoothbore 120 mm gun barrels mounted on the actual vehicle. The weapon is loaded allowing a robust mechanical system to rapidly and reliably reload in all combat conditions. Mjlner gives a full 60 degrees of slew in azimuth without the complexity and costs of powered turret rotation. With an elevation from 45 to 85 degrees, targets can be effectively engaged over a wide range of distances.

Mjlner is the hammer of Thor in Norse mythology and is depicted as one of the most fearsome weapons, capable of leveling mountains.


Mjlner, or Hammer of Thor (Picture source: BAE Systems)

bug2 - 5-6-2019 at 04:07 PM

Great International Interest in CV-90 Mortar Variant

(Source: Swedish Armed Forces; FMV; issued June 03, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-aerospace.com)


Given the strong international interest in the turreted mortar variant of the CV90 armored vehicle it is developing for the Swedish Army, Swedens FMV defense procurement agency has demonstrated it to representatives of eight countries. (BAE photo)

Eight countries were represented when FMV presented new Granatkastarpansarbandvagn 90 (CV90 Armored Mortar Carrier, or Grkpbv 90) for international audiences.

Equipping Combat Vehicles 90 with a robust and simple grenade launcher capability has attracted interest from other countries. That is not so surprising, as platoons with Grkpbv 90 will have increased ability to support operations by being faster at grouping, shooting and regrouping (shoot and scoot).

It is gratifying to have such a great international interest in this Swedish-developed system, says Mikael Frisell, Head of Army Equipment at FMV.

Representatives from the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Germany, the USA and Austria attended a presentation with a test firing at FMV's test site in Karlsborg.

Mikael Frisell, who is head of Army Equipment at FMV, participated in thepresentation. He is not surprised at the great interest.

It shows that this is a capability that is needed on the modern battlefield. Now, we hope that what this successful project has delivered will have more users, says Mikael Frisell.

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redcoat - 5-6-2019 at 05:22 PM

"BAE Systems releases new video of its Mjlner Hammer of Thor mortar system "


So where are these videos than ?

Also I really cannot see how this is better or even as good as Patria's Nemo or AMOS mortars

bug2 - 5-6-2019 at 06:51 PM

No idea, I had a look on You Boob, and all I could see were ones from 8 months ago....

bug2 - 5-6-2019 at 06:53 PM

No idea, I had a look on You Boob, and all I could see were ones from 8 months ago....

Mupp - 6-6-2019 at 03:21 AM

Quote: Originally posted by redcoat  
"BAE Systems releases new video of its Mjlner Hammer of Thor mortar system "


So where are these videos than ?

Also I really cannot see how this is better or even as good as Patria's Nemo or AMOS mortars


It's on their twitter.
https://twitter.com/BAESystemsInc/status/1134524849139920899

bug2 - 8-6-2019 at 02:29 PM

New Russian airborne 120mm mortar carrier 2S42 Lotos in live demonstration

Posted On Saturday, 08 June 2019 00:11

Russias Central Research Institute of Precision Machine-Building (TsNIITochMash) of the Rostec State Corporation demonstrated for the first time in a live demonstration a prototype of the 120-mm self-propelled Lotos artillery system. A larger presentation of the combat vehicle will be shown to the public at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2019, held between June 25 - 30 in the Patriot congress and exhibition center, near Moscow, Russia.


Lotos new Russian-made self-propelled 120mm mortar carrier (Picture source TASS)

The modern Lotos SPG, which is capable of airborne and amphibious operations, performed detour and maneuvering tests along a predetermined route at a speed up to 30 km/h. Also, vertical gun movement, turret rotation and varying ground clearance were demonstrated.

Today we rolled out the prototype of the Lotos self-propelled artillery system for the first time. The gun is currently fully equipped and ready to be operated in manual mode. All components passed the incoming inspection and have been approved by the quality control and military representatives. We will soon start finalizing the software development for the guns control system, said Rostecs Industrial Director, Sergey Abramov.

The Lotos SPG is created to meet the needs of the Russian Airborne Forces - it weighs only 18 tons and its 450 hp engine can reach the speed of 70 km/h with a range of at least 500 km. The self-propelled gun is operated by a crew of four; it has a rate of fire of six to eight rounds per minute and firing range of up to 13 kilometers.

The gun is mounted on a chassis based on the unified BMD-4M IFV, with a modified compartment for the 120-mm gun with a high degree of automation for preparing and carrying out firing operations.

bug2 - 10-6-2019 at 07:47 PM

Ukraine boosts mortar capability with four new systems

Christopher F Foss, London - Jane's International Defence Review

07 June 2019


The 82 mm mortar model KBA-48 was developed in Ukraine. The smoothbore barrel is fitted with a device to prevent double loading. Source: Ukrainian MoD

Ukraine's defence industry has developed and begun building several new mortar systems, details of which were briefed at the recent Omega Mortar Systems Conference in Bristol, UK, by Major Petro Koliennikov, senior lecturer at the National Army Academy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

New mortars introduced by Ukraine include the 60 mm M-60 Kamerton, 60 mm KBA-118, 82 mm KBA-48M, and 120 mm M120-15 Molot. These are now being offered for export.

These mortars are of a similar design, consisting of a smoothbore barrel, circular or square baseplate, and bipod and sighting system. The 82 mm and 120 mm mortar systems feature a device on the muzzle to prevent double loading, which is also a feature of most Russian mortars.

According to Maj Koliennikov, Ukraine has completed trials of the Bars 8 44 light armoured vehicle (LAV) fitted with the Spanish everis Aerospace and Defence and New Technologies Global Systems Alakran 120 mm mortar system mounted in the rear, which can be rapidly deployed over the rear of the platform onto the ground. The actual mortar barrel is from the local M120-15 with the square baseplate.

Conventional mortars take time to come into and out of action, as they normally must be unloaded from the vehicle and then assembled, and dissembled or dug out after use. This version of the Bars 8 is also referred to as the Mobile Mortar Complex (MMC). When compared to currently deployed mortars used by Ukraine, this mortar system appears more survivable against counter battery fire, and its onboard computerised fire control system coupled to a land navigation system would make it more accurate.

Ukraine has marketed the Guided Mortar Armament System but it has not been confirmed if this has been deployed.

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bug2 - 10-6-2019 at 07:48 PM

Ukraine boosts mortar capability with four new systems

Christopher F Foss, London - Jane's International Defence Review

07 June 2019


The 82 mm mortar model KBA-48 was developed in Ukraine. The smoothbore barrel is fitted with a device to prevent double loading. Source: Ukrainian MoD

Ukraine's defence industry has developed and begun building several new mortar systems, details of which were briefed at the recent Omega Mortar Systems Conference in Bristol, UK, by Major Petro Koliennikov, senior lecturer at the National Army Academy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

New mortars introduced by Ukraine include the 60 mm M-60 Kamerton, 60 mm KBA-118, 82 mm KBA-48M, and 120 mm M120-15 Molot. These are now being offered for export.

These mortars are of a similar design, consisting of a smoothbore barrel, circular or square baseplate, and bipod and sighting system. The 82 mm and 120 mm mortar systems feature a device on the muzzle to prevent double loading, which is also a feature of most Russian mortars.



According to Maj Koliennikov, Ukraine has completed trials of the Bars 8 44 light armoured vehicle (LAV) fitted with the Spanish everis Aerospace and Defence and New Technologies Global Systems Alakran 120 mm mortar system mounted in the rear, which can be rapidly deployed over the rear of the platform onto the ground. The actual mortar barrel is from the local M120-15 with the square baseplate.

Conventional mortars take time to come into and out of action, as they normally must be unloaded from the vehicle and then assembled, and dissembled or dug out after use. This version of the Bars 8 is also referred to as the Mobile Mortar Complex (MMC). When compared to currently deployed mortars used by Ukraine, this mortar system appears more survivable against counter battery fire, and its onboard computerised fire control system coupled to a land navigation system would make it more accurate.

Ukraine has marketed the Guided Mortar Armament System but it has not been confirmed if this has been deployed.

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bug2 - 28-6-2019 at 11:26 AM

South Korea completes development of 120 mm self-propelled mortar system

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

27 June 2019


A screengrab taken from a DAPA video showing South Korea's recently developed 120 mm mortar system integrated into an M113 tracked APC. Source: DAPA

South Korea has completed development of a 120 mm self-propelled mortar system that has been integrated into an M113 tracked armoured personnel carrier (APC).

The country's Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) announced in a 27 June statement that the self-propelled system, development of which began in March 2014, has successfully met all the requirements set by the South Korean military following final tests and evaluations.

Developed for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) by several South Korean companies, including Hanwha Defense and S&T Dynamics, for KRW 41.3 billion (USD35.7 million), the integrated mortar system, which can rotate 360, is stated to have a strike range 2.3 times that of the ageing M30 107 mm rifled mortar it is expected to replace.

The DAPA also revealed that new weapon is equipped with an automated fire control and reloading system. South Korea is also using an M113 variant as a command vehicle for the new system.

The development of this self-propelled mortar system is expected to greatly improve the capabilities of RoKA mechanised troops, a DAPA official was quoted in the statement as saying, adding that Seoul would "actively support" the export of the system to countries interested in acquiring it.

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bug2 - 29-6-2019 at 11:34 AM

Army 2019: Russia displays 4S21 Drok 82 mm self-propelled mortar

Mark Cazalet, Kubinka - Jane's Defence Weekly

28 June 2019


UVZ subsidiary TsNII Burevestnik unveiled the 2S41 Drok 82 mm self-propelled mortar at Army 2019. Source: IHS Markit/Mark Cazalet

Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) subsidiary TsNII Burevestnik unveiled the 2S41 Drok 82 mm self-propelled mortar at the Army 2019 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka near Moscow on 25-30 June. The base vehicle used is the Taifun K-4386 44 manufactured by Remdizel, which has also been referred to as the Taifun-VDV. It is a mine-resistant protected patrol vehicle, and the Drok variant was developed under the Nabrosok programme.

Drok is equipped with an 82 mm mortar with a maximum range of 6,000 m and a minimum range of 100 m. The mortar has a maximum firing rate of 12 rounds per minute and has a full complement of 40 mortar bombs. The mortar turret offers sufficient depression for use in the direct-fire role, which provides further engagement options for close-range targets.

The vehicle also has a remotely operated weapon station fitted with a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun for close-in protection, enabling the crew member operating it to engage targets independently of the mortar turret. The vehicle has two banks of six obscurant smoke grenade launchers for protection against laser threats, with three each side firing forwards and three firing rearwards of the turret.

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bug2 - 29-6-2019 at 11:35 AM

This was shown in model form back in December 2018, see preceding page of this thread....

bug2 - 2-7-2019 at 12:18 PM

120 mm SPG Magnolia

What looks like a tracked, armoured, ATV ala BRONCO and BvS10. Except this one has a turreted 120mm mortar in the rear module, with more ammo in the front drive module. All info/pics via LoooSeR at Sturgeon House forums...........

Max range - up to 10 km with guided shell. RoF - 8/10 shots, 80 rounds carried. Crew of 4.





bug2 - 2-7-2019 at 08:07 PM

Magnolia new Russian 120mm artillery system based on articulated tracked vehicle

Posted On Tuesday, 02 July 2019 09:36

According to pictures released on Twitter, the Russian Company Uralvagonzavod has developed a new 120mm mobile artillery vehicle named Magnolia, based on the DT-30PM amphibious all-terrain tracked carrier vehicle. A news was released by TASS, the Russia Press agency in October 2018, that self-propelled mortar system Flox and Magnolia guns and Drok mortar are successfully undergoing preliminary trials.


The Magnolia is a new Russian-made 120mm self-propelled artillery system based on a tracked articulated amphibious all-terrain vehicle. (Picture source Uralvagonzavod)

In November 2017, TASS has announced that a self-propelled artillery system nicknamed Magnolia based on an articulated armored tracked chassis is being developed for Russian army units deployed in Arctic areas. Since a few years, the Russian Defense Ministry has launched a state arms program to create a whole range of highly mobile artillery guns for battalion level.

The DT-30PM is a two-section articulated carrier with a tracked tractor vehicle at the front and a tracked transport vehicle at the rear linked by a steering mechanism. For the Magnolia artillery system, the first vehicle is used to tow a modified cargo vehicle fitted with a turret armed with a 120 mm mortar. A bank of six 81 mm electrically operated 81 mm smoke grenade dischargers are mounted to each side at the front of the turret.

According to our first analysis, the Magnolia seems to be fitted with the same turret as the for the Russian-made 2S31 Vena, a 120 mm tracked self-propelled artillery system. The 2S31 Vena is equipped with a three-man turret armed with 2A80 120-mm rifled gun. The turret has a traverse of 360 with an elevation from -4 to up to +80.

The Magnolia has a maximum firing range of 10 km with a rate of fire of 10 rounds per minute. The vehicle carries a total of 80 rounds.


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