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New Turkish 81mm mortar system ready for production after seven years in development

20th April 2023 - 13:00 GMT | by Christopher F Foss in London


A side view of the SM-81 Keskin 81mm breech-loaded mortar showing the flat panel display fire control system. (Photo: author)

Saver Advanced Defense Technologies has unveiled a new 81mm breech-loading mortar design with a novel trigger firing mode.

Turkiye's Saver Advanced Defense Technologies, a subsidiary of Ermaksan, has completed development of a unique pedestal-mounted breech-loaded 81mm mortar and quantity production can commence when orders are placed, according to the company.

This system has been developed over a seven-year period using internal R&D funding.

The 81mm mortar tube is 1.453m long and fitted with a hand-operated vertical sliding breech mechanism with a screw breech being one potential option.

Traverse is through a full 360 degrees with weapon elevation from -5 to +82 degrees, with both being manual with an elevation and traverse indicator being fitted.

The recoil system is mounted above

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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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