At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, Serhii Prolubschykov, the Deputy Chief of the Commercial Department at Ukroboronservice, provided details of a new mobile mortar system geared towards special forces and airborne troops.
Currently in trials with the Ukrainian Army, the Mobile Mortar Complex (MMC) is designed around a battery of six mortar vehicles, a single command-and-control platform, and a supporting logistics vehicle. The system is air-transportable and based on the Kia KM-450 chassis. It can use both 81 mm and 120 mm mortars and has a maximum range of 7.2 km.
A battery is designed to ‘shoot and scoot’, which for the Ukrainian forces means the ability to fire within 35 seconds of travelling and move from combat to travel within 25 seconds. This means that the MMC can redeploy after firing eight rounds before the majority of ordnance has hit the target area, thereby complicating the task of counter-battery fire.
The development arose from the requirements of modern warfare, which Ukroboronservice interprets to mean “precision firepower, rapid information management, and rapid relocation”. The project is the result of two years’ work, with the technology developed in co-ordination with the Spanish company Everis.
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