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.
In an active battlefield, the factor of response time is vital. Digital systems have been taking the effort in calculation out of the hands of soldiers for some time, enabling split-second turnaround from decision-to-action and minimising the risk of error. However, the transition is not without its challenges.
Defence IQ caught up with Major Michael Johnsson, Head of Guns & Mortar Branch at the Royal Danish Army Combat & Fire Support Centre, who is overseeing such a transition. For Johnsson, these challenges need to be overcome as soon as possible. A future conflict may well depend on it…
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.
Lt Col Bandieri speaks to Defence IQ and gives us a special forces operational insight on mortar developments. He discusses optimising interoperability and joint firepower capabilities for the special forces and infantry.