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US Marine Corps to double investment in mortars

21st March 2024 - 17:15 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira in Kansas City


US Marines firing an M252A2 81mm mortar at a live-fire mortar displacement range at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan. (Photo: US Marine Corps)

The US Marine Corps has requested a US$128 million fund to cover mortar capabilities over the next fiscal year after aligning to Force Design 2030 and learning from lessons that have emerged from the conflict in Ukraine.

The US Marine Corps has declared its intention to double investments in mortars over the next fiscal. The service recently unveiled its FY2025 budget proposal in which it has allocated $128 million for the capability having requested $61 million to cover the domain in FY2024.

This approach reflects lessons emerging from the conflict in Ukraine, which has been trending the international market upwards and leading to growing demand for mortars worldwide.

RAdm Ben Reynolds, deputy assistant secretary of the US Navy for budget/director, fiscal management division, claimed that the Marines’ funding request was focused on enabling the branch to continue its

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Flavia Camargos Pereira


Flavia Camargos Pereira

Flavia Camargos Pereira is a North America editor at Shephard Media. She joined the company …

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