The increasing significance of interoperability, the role of joint fires, developments in precision and communication technology, and an increasingly resilient adversary all provides much to be considered for international operators of artillery and mortar systems. Defence IQ spoke with Chris Foss, long-serving editor of Jane’s Armour and Artillery, to get an expert opinion on the global outlook for this domain…
Future Mortar Systems - Countering emerging threats: maintaining success in dynamic tactical environments
Mortars are an essential asset for land and amphibious forces, providing organic firepower support for the dismounted soldier. Used by the infantry, artillery and marines, mortars are a low-cost and versatile capability that can be of vital importance in a tactical battlespace. However, as land forces look to counter the asymmetric threats of today and prepare to confront the peer adversary of tomorrow, mortar men face a number of critical challenges. Electronic warfare (EW) and the proliferation of small UAS are just some examples of the sophisticated weapons and countermeasures currently being employed by enemy forces today. What does this mean for the design and employment of mortar systems? Ahead of the 7th edition of the Future Mortar Systems conference, we asked experts from the mortars community and the industry to give us their insight on the matter.