The mortar system space is evolving and industry is innovating to keep up with the market demands. Ahead of this year’s Future Mortar Systems conference, we had the chance to catch up with Leon Bitar, Partner, Everis Defence & Aerospace, to talk about how the innovative and disruptive design approach of their solutions are in line with the changing market.
While the focus for mortar systems was on firepower a few years ago, it is now on mobility and flexibility for the troops, and the elimination of the 120mm systems from the U.S. Marine Corps’ arsenal is only one example demonstrating this shift.
Ahead of this year’s Future Mortar Systems conference, Defence IQ had the opportunity to discuss with Colonel Steve Fisher (Ret.), Liaison Officer at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and Chairman of the conference. In this exclusive interview transcript, he outlines:
- The impact of the ‘multi-domain’ concepts on future capability development and acquisition
- The U.S. Marine Corps’ current experimentations with technology to replace the 120mm mortar systems
- How the changing environment will impact the use of mortar systems
On tomorrow’s battlefield, technologically proficient adversaries will deny allied troops their freedom of manoeuvre, while small and highly dispersed tactical forces will become a valuable mean of projecting combat power. This will strongly impact their TTPs and consequent future mortar systems development, acquisition and employment.
Defence IQ has researched where there has been significant investment by nations to sustain, modernise or innovate their mortar systems. Learn more about the UK, US, Belgium and many others, all of whom will be participating at this year’s Future Mortar Systems symposium.
The doctrine and TTPs of NATO’s land forces are continually reassessed as they look to win the assymetric fight of today and prepare for the near-peer conflict of tomorrow. The employment of indirect firepower therefore must continue to evolve and adapt to more hybrid and complex tactical battlespaces. We asked experts from the military and the industry their views on the current mortars market, in the light of the 7th edition of the Future Mortar Systems conference.
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.