Aselsan has unveiled a new 120 mm rifled mortar system called the AHS-120 at the IDEF 2017 exhibition in Istanbul.
The first example is fitted with a 120 mm rifled barrel with an overall length of 1.9 m, which has been supplied by MKEK. This type is already in use by the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC), although a 120 mm smoothbore barrel could be fitted if required.
The AHS-120 is fitted with an automatic loading system to reduce crew fatigue and increase rate of fire. This arrangement only requires the loader to place a mortar bomb with its propelling charge and fuze system on the loading device to ready the weapon for a fire mission.
Maximum range depends on the type of 120 mm mortar bomb being fired and its associated charge system, but Aselsan is quoting a typical maximum range of 8,000 m and a minimum range of 100 m.
The system is fitted with the company's computerised fire-control system (FCS), which includes a map display. This is coupled to the inertial navigation system (INS) and muzzle velocity radar. The system can also receive meteorological data from an external source via a datalink.
The FCS employs the standard NATO Armaments Ballistics Kernel (NABK). It can also be integrated with the Aselsan Fire Support Automation System (AFSAS) as well as forward observation observer systems and artillery location radars.
Traverse is all electric 3200 mils on the horizontal axis, while elevation is all electric from +800 to + 1,300 mils. The mortar is also equipped with an emergency stop and a manual reversionary mode of operation.
The AHS-120 would normally draw power from the vehicle's on board supply but the turntable system is also fitted with its own batteries so it can be deployed in a standalone configuration.
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