Infantry Weapons

Patria develops containerised mortar system

15 December 2016
The container in the travelling configuration. Credit: Patria

Patria has developed a containerised system for its 120 mm Nemo mortar turret, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy to be the launch customer.

The Nemo Container system sees a 120 mm Nemo mortar turret integrated in a 20-ft International Standards Organization (ISO) shipping container.

The system weighs 10 tonnes when empty and has the capacity to carry 100 mortar bombs. It is crewed by three - two loaders and a gunner, the latter doubling as the commander. The mortar elevates from -3 degrees to 85 degrees and can engage targets up to 10 km away. The system has a rate of fire of up to 10 rounds per minute, and has the capability to undertake direct and indirect fire missions, as well as perform multiple round simultaneous impact fires.

Housed in the container are the fire control system, the turret, and its pedestal, as well as power and air conditioning systems to support self-contained operations.

During transport, the turret and barrel are stowed along the container. Once the transport cover is removed, the turret is rotated 180 degrees before the system is able to fire. However, the muzzle of the weapon has to be beyond the edge of the container to avoid excessive stress being placed on the container. In its transport configuration, the turret is protected by a transport cover, which reduces the internal compartment ceiling by 60 cm.

Compared with traditional ISO containers, the Nemo Container has additional longitudinal and transverse beams in the space between the internal and external cladding. Finnish company Nokian Metallirakenne is responsible for manufacturing the container, with Patria integrating the Nemo turret, ammunition storage, and crew stations.

Patria's vice-president of weapons systems, Kari Reunamäki, told IHS Jane's that the frame in the container is designed to be "eternal", eliminating the need for replacement during the weapon system's lifetime.

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