Soldiers fire a 120mm Mortar during exercise Real Thaw in Santa Margarida, Portugal, March 10, 2017. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Philip Steiner
Defense Web: US Army developing laser-guided precision mortar
The US Army has closed its initial solicitation phase for designs to create a next generation precision mortar that will allow Soldiers to put their rounds on target with extreme accuracy.
The 120mm high explosive guided mortar, or HEGM program, is intended to replace the current precision-guided HE mortar, the accelerated precision mortar initiative or APMI, the US Army said.
The solicitation period, which ended Jan. 27, sought feasible designs from the private sector to create a new "smart" mortar. While the HEGM round will incorporate state-of-the-art technology, the new round is intended to be a different design than APMI.
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Update #1: Army eyes laser-guided mortar system (UPI)
Update #2: Army Seeks Laser-Guided Precision Mortar Tech Developers; Lt. Col. Anthony Gibbs Comments (Executive Biz)
WNU Editor: This will be an ideal weapon in urban combat and to keep civilian casualties low.