27 Januari 2013

USMC Developing New Mortar for Expeditionary Fire Support System

27 Januari 2013

120mm EFSS mortar (image : General Dynamics)

The US Marine Corps (USMC) is moving forward with plans to increase the range and accuracy of its 120 mm Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS) by developing a new mortar round.

The Precision Extended Range Munition (PERM), to be used with the EFSS' M327 rifled towed mortar, is being developed as an extended-range precision-guided round that could provide accuracy of within at least 20 m at ranges around 17 km.

Contracts for PERM's 24-month engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase were awarded to Raytheon teamed with Israel Military Industries, as well as to ATK teamed with EFSS' lead contractor General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS).

EFSS mortar (photo : marine corps times)

Raytheon announced its contract on 22 January 2013 and ATK revealed its contract on 13 December 2012.

The vendors are to design, develop, test, and deliver production-representative mortars for a USMC live-fire demonstration within 18 months, Raytheon said in a statement.

Michael Means, the company's business development lead for PERM, told IHS Jane's that the new rounds expand EFSS' family of mortars and "adds range and accuracy", which means that the system could be able to accomplish fires missions with less ammunition.


2 komentar:

  1. I know the Americans rename everything, but this is really the decades-old French
    TDA Mo 120 RT rifled mortar, in service with at least 22 countries.

    Regarding guided 120 mm mortar bombs; the Americans have had such projects for at least two decades. One project after another. Them having a 120 mm guided mortar bomb project going on is very normal. Just as normal as their army having no such thing in service.

    About the toy jeep on the photo; IIRC its price multiplied once the U.S.Army bought it. Previously, it was affordable, but when the inept procurement people of the U.S.Army want something they have no idea which price would be appropriate, all confused by millions and billions in their budget.

  2. Kalau dibanding produk dg indonesia tdk begitu tertinggal, mengenai hasil mobil penarik bom mortir dan kalau menurut pendapat saya komodo dikombinasi dg peluncur roket 122mm. Maju terus produk alutsista Ind.