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[*] posted on 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
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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.
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[*] posted on 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
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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.
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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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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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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[*] posted on 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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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)
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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.
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[*] posted on 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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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.
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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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This may be the system awarded above..................




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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:
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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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[*] posted on 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.
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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.............
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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.
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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!
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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.

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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.
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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.




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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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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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Collaboration Produces Results

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

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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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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.
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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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