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South Korea completes development of upgraded 81 mm mortar system

30 August 2019
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South Korea has completed development of an upgraded 81 mm mortar system, according to a 29 August statement by the country’s Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA).

South Korea has completed development of an upgraded 81 mm mortar system. (DAPA)South Korea has completed development of an upgraded 81 mm mortar system. (DAPA)

Referred to as the ‘81 mm mortar-II’, the weapon, development of which began in December 2014 and was led by South Korean company Hyundai WIA, has successfully met all the requirements set by the South Korean military.

DAPA said that compared with its previous version, the new system, which is fitted with “state-of the-art digital technologies”, is not only 20% lighter, thus enabling greater mobility, but also requires fewer personnel (four instead of five) to operate.

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