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[*] posted on 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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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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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[*] posted on 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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[*] posted on 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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[*] posted on 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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[*] posted on 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.



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[*] posted on 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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[*] posted on 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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[*] posted on 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).

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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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[*] posted on 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.

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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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........

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



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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.




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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.

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