Infantry Weapons

DSEI 2017: Patria NEMO Container completes land test firings

15 September 2017
The Patria NEMO Container being fired while mounted on a Sisu ETP E13 truck. Source: Patria

Finland’s Patria has completed test firings of its deployable NEMO Container mortar system, the company has told Jane’s .

During test firings throughout August, the 120 mm mortar system underwent firings while mounted on a Sisu ETP E13TP 8×8 tactical transporter as well as dismounted on land.

News of the development of the system first emerged in November 2016, and it was first unveiled at the IDEX 2017 trade show in February. The system is being developed in collaboration with the UAE Navy, with the potential for use in expeditionary operations. In addition to being fired from and transported by truck, the system can be placed on a naval vessel using standard securing brackets. The use of a standard-sized 20 ft ISO container allows for increased flexibility in the transportation and mounting of the system on maritime platforms.

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, with the latter doubling as the commander. The mortar elevates from -3° to 85° and can engage targets up to 10 km away. The system has a rate of fire of up to 10 rds/min, and has the capability to undertake direct and indirect fire missions as well as perform multiple round simultaneous impact fires.

During firing, recoil brakes reduce the transmission of energy to the container frame from 120 tonnes to just 20 tonnes.

The company has reportedly received interest in the system from Malaysia, and is hoping to deliver the first system to the UAE Navy in 2018.

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