US Army fields lightweight mortar system
By Daniel Wasserbly
The US Army announced on 19 July that it had begun fielding its new 60 mm mortar systems, which weigh about 20 per cent less than legacy variants.
A special forces unit received the first M224A1 60 mm Lightweight Company Mortar Systems in June, according to the army's Program Executive Office (PEO) for Ammunition, which oversees the programme.
The office noted that it plans to replace all legacy M224 systems with the new lightweight systems.
Peter Burke, PEO Ammunition's deputy product manager for guided precision munitions and mortar systems, said in a statement that the average load carried by a 60 mm assistant gunner was about 55.34 kg.108 of 297 words
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