60mm Mortar

Hirtenberger 60mm Mortar

In 2013 Janes reported that the Hirtenberger 60mm mortar purchased under an Urgent Operational Requirement would only be retained for RM/PARA use and the rest would be withdrawn. (read the Hirtenberger datasheet here)

A picture last week from the MoD shows one in action during a training exercise

A paratrooper from A Company, 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) firing a 60mm mortar on Otterburn ranges in Northumberland. Paratroopers competed against each other to be the best, while celebrating one of The Parachute Regiment's heroes. The McKay VC Competition saw sections from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) put through paces around the arduous terrain of the Otterburn Ranges in Northumbria. The contest saw troops in full battle rig take part in a 15km night navigation exercise including stands testing their signalling, medical and parachute packing skills; an assault course; and live fire section attacks. The competition honours the memory of Sergeant Ian McKay, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his "outstanding selflessness, perseverance and courage" during the Falklands War in 1982. Sgt McKay VC was killed during the assault on Mount Longdon when he attacked an Argentine position alone and under heavy fire.
A paratrooper from A Company, 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) firing a 60mm mortar on Otterburn ranges in Northumberland.

They look quite large, and heavy.

Compare to the old 51mm (2″) mortar.

51mm Mortar
51mm Mortar

The French/German Fly-K system (Lance Grenade Individuel in French service) always looked a more natural replacement, now we are best friends with the French perhaps they will let us try some of their Fly-K’s as well as artillery and armoured vehicles?

Did we include the Fly-K in evaluation for the 60mm?

Would be interesting to see the trade off’s and a comparison between the 40mm UGL, Fly-K, the 60mm and even (whisper it) rifle grenades!

60mm is a standard calibre and in widespread use so there are plenty of natures available, the Fly-K on the other hand is only in use with France and the UAE. The protection module looks interesting and the visual and acoustic signature is very low.

Anyway, a few bits of media…

Fly_K

Fly-K Protection Module

Fly-K_1_beschn_kl

Horizontal

LGI_entrainement

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