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[*] posted on 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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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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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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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[*] posted on 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)
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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.
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[*] posted on 8-3-2019 at 01:49 PM


"Easier, Smoother, Faster"

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

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

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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).

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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.

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[*] posted on 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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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.
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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)
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Great International Interest in CV-90 Mortar Variant

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

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




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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.
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[*] posted on 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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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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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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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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This was shown in model form back in December 2018, see preceding page of this thread....
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[*] posted on 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.




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[*] posted on 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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