Infantry Weapons

DSEI 2017: Orbital ATK looks to extend range and accuracy with new 120 mm mortar initiative

15 September 2017

Orbital ATK has revealed it is working on a development beyond its 120 mm Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI) to address a requirement to achieve increased precision and range from 120 mm mortars for the US Army.

Building on work that the company has already done with APMI, the new High Explosive Guided Mortar (HEGM) round is intended to answer the requirement at ranges up to 12 km while delivering an increased ability to hit moving targets and allow future technology insertion.

The work will comprise an initial 15-month development programme that will culminate in a demonstration as part of the competition for the next phase of the HEGM programme, eventually leading to final development and qualification.

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