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Elbit Systems introduces new recoil mortar system

21st May 2014 - 15:54 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Elbit Systems has introduced a new autonomous Recoil Mortar System (RMS) for lightweight 4x4 combat vehicles, designed to bring ground forces improved mobility, lethality and accuracy across a wide range of operational scenarios. The system is on display at the International Fire Conference in Zikron Ya’akov, Israel.

The second generation RMS, known as Spear, reduces 120mm gun barrel firing recoil loads from 30 to less than 10 tons, enabling adaptability with previously non-installable vehicles such as Humvees, jeeps, and other light combat vehicles. The system has been designed to improve the maneuverability and operational performance of infantry forces, by delivering immediate indirect artillery support to engage a wide range of targets.

The system’s lightweight, modular design enables high-speed, all-terrain vehicle mobility, as well as helicopter and cargo aircraft transportability - allowing rapid deployment in both close range and Special Forces counterinsurgency operations.

It uses advanced fire control, navigation, automatic aiming and propulsion systems, for fully-autonomous operation and increased fire power and accuracy. Additionally, target data collection and identification capabilities are expected to enhance situational awareness and increase crew survivability.

Elbit Systems will offer Spear as a standalone installation, or as part of a larger artillery unit or formation. It is compatible with all types of 120mm smooth bore mortar systems and munitions.

Yehuda (Udi) Vered, general manager, Elbit Systems Land and C4I, said: ‘Spear addresses the operational demand for agile, accurate and precise mobile fire power, which enables operation deep within combat zones and the deployment of Special Forces. The full integration of Spear into Elbit Systems’ C4I systems allows  rapid closure of sensor-to-shooter loops and enhanced operational effectiveness for ground forces.’

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