- The Swedish Army’s new Mjolner twin 120 mm mortar system is expected to undergo firing trials
- Forty Swedish Army CV90 infantry fighting vehicles will be equipped with the Mjolner system
BAE Systems Hagglunds is set to conduct manned firing trials of a prototype/demonstrator of the 120 mm Mjolner twin mortar system that it is developing for integration into CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) in Swedish Army service.
The SEK575 million (USD68 million) fixed price contract was awarded to BAE Systems Hagglunds by the Swedish Defence Material Command (FMV) in December 2016 to provide army mechanised battalions with a highly mobile and survivable indirect fire capability. The vehicles will be designated GRKPBV90.
Under the terms of the contract, the company will supply the first production standard Mjolner 120 mm twin mortar system in 2019, with a total of 40 delivered by 2020.
These will be integrated into CV90 platforms originally built for the 120 mm AMOS (Advanced MOrtar System), which had been jointly developed by BAE Systems Hagglunds and Patria to meet the requirements of Finland and Sweden.
The Mjolner comprises two 120 mm smoothbore mortars that are muzzle loaded using a mechanical ammunition handing system. The system is operated by a four-person crew of the driver, commander, and two ammunition loaders.
According to BAE Systems Hagglunds, the system takes less than two minutes to come into action and carry out a fire mission and with the first four 120 mm mortar bombs being fired in about eight seconds.
It takes less than one minute to come out of action and maximum rate of fire is stated to be up to 16 rounds a minute with a sustained rate of fire of up 10 rounds a minute.
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