Elbit Systems announced a new version of its 120 mm Spear mortar system on 15 May, a day before it was displayed at the International Land Warfare and Logistics Conference in Latrun, Israel.
Elbit sources said the Spear MK2 has already been purchased by three clients in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
Like the original version, the Spear MK2 can be installed on various light vehicles such as a Humvee and comes with fire control, barrel-laying, and navigation systems so that it can be operated autonomously by a small crew.
Boaz Cohen, vice-president of Land Systems and the C4i Division at Elbit, told Jane's that the Spear MK2 has a longer barrel that increases its range and an improved recoil-reduction system.
"We lengthened the barrel and got the same recoil, signifying an improvement in the reduction. Had we installed a 1.6 m barrel, the recoil would have been even lower," he said.
"We also included an automatic loader," Cohen said. "You need this because it is not simple to reach the top of a 2 m barrel with a mortar round weighing 17 kg."
Elbit says the range of the MK2 when using standard ammunition has been increased to 10 km. It weighs the same as its predecessor at 200 kg without the automatic muzzle-loading system.
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