The Czech Republic is seeking a new 120 mm mortar system, an official of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has confirmed during the Omega Conferences and Events Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, United Kingdom.
Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sufajzi of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR)’s Land Forces Armament Department, Armaments and Acquisition Division, noted that the tender process is expected to commence in May 2021 with a potential contract signature late in 2021 and deliveries to run from 2023 through to 2025.
Potential contenders for the ACR’s 120 mm requirement include the Finnish Patria 120 mm NEMO turreted mortar which is currently deployed by the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) integrated onto a General Dynamics Land Systems 8x8 LAV-II and by the United Arab Emirates on a naval platform.
Other contenders are the Finnish/Swedish twin 120 mm AMOS currently deployed by Finland integrated onto a Patria 8x8 Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) and the Polish HSW 120 mm M120K Rak turret system integrated onto a Patria AMV, which is known as the Rosomak by the Polish Army.
While the preference is for a turret-mounted 120 mm mortar system with a total of 62 units to be procured, other types of 120 mm mortar systems may also be considered, such as the Swiss RUAG Cobra turntable-mounted mortar.
The service currently operates two types of 120 mm mortars with the standard dismounted mortar being the Type 82 with a maximum range of 8,036 m and a maximum rate of fire of up 12 rds/min. The Type 82 is towed by a 8x8 Tatra 815 truck, although it can also be carried internally and rapidly unloaded using the power-operated tail lift.
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