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IDEX 2023: Jordanian private venture mortar ready for production

21st February 2023 - 18:00 GMT | by Christopher F Foss in Abu Dhabi


Rear view of Jordanian Al Tareq 81 mm mobile mortar system with 81 mm mortar deployed to the ground. (Christopher F Foss)

The Al Tareq mobile 81mm mortar is fitted on a modified 4x4 Land Cruiser platform with crew protection and a roof machine gun mount.

The Jordanian Design and Development Bureau (JDDB) has completed trials of its latest private venture Al Tareq 81mm mobile mortar system (MMS) and production can commence as soon as a contract is placed.

The MMS uses a long-wheelbase Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 chassis in four-door configuration with the rear modified to accommodate a US 81mm M252 smoothbore mortar fitted with a JDDB electro-hydraulic laying system which retains the original baseplate.

The M252 is deployed over the rear until the baseplate reaches the ground to provide a stable firing platform. The Al Tareq is fitted with a computerised fire control system (FCS)

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Christopher F Foss


Christopher F Foss

Christopher F Foss is an internationally recognised authority on armoured fighting vehicles, artillery and other weapon systems, …

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