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…
The first mortar with an onboard guidance system, the APMI’s GPS transceiver adjusts its flight path using computer controlled folding fins and the fuse can be programmed to detonate at height, on contact, or after a delay, as demonstrated in this video. Find out more at Future Mortar Systems 2014.
Lt Col William McDonough, Program Officer for Mortars and PEO Ammunition for the US Army joins the Defence IQ 'On Point' Podcast series. Looking at the Army's current capabilities and the impact of precision guided munitions on the user-level, McDonough explains what in the mortar systems domain can be improved and what capabilities have possibly hit their peak.
Lt Col Bandieri speaks to Defence IQ ahead of his presentation at the Future Mortars conference, 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.
A new dawn for mortar systems has arrived. While lessons and upgrades have been harnessed from Afghanistan, tomorrow's conflicts may present an entirely different environment with a number of emerging obstacles. These considerations are just some of the operational problems that delegates will be taking with them to Future Mortar Systems conference...
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…
ATK's Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) transforms existing 155mm high explosive artillery projectiles into affordable, GPS-guided precision weapons. PGK provides maneuver forces with an organic, precision capability that is highly responsive and available around the clock and in all weather conditions. With a circular error probable (CEP) of less than 50 metres, PGK fills an effectiveness gap between conventional artillery and smart munitions. This low-cost, highly reliable, fuze-sized guidance kit installs in the projectile fuze well and also provides traditional fuse functions for height-of-burst and point detonation.
The FireStorm Integrated Targeting System, the Rockwell Collins system that has been benefiting JTACs and FACs for several years, is now being offered as a wearable technology as the defence market continues to adapt to demands for soldier mobility. The development will keep the company ahead of the curve in the artillery and mortar market. Defence Industry Bulletin reports.
Since 2011, Boeing has been undertaking work to develop a way to modify its air-launched GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) into a ground-launched artillery rocket. As an entirely company-funded project, the initiative was designed to provide a new capability for land forces by enabling them to carry out strike missions that had once been the remit of air forces. Such a requirement has been growing in light of the recent decline in close air support flexibility. Simply put, there are not enough aircraft and artillery teams are the only component that can provide fire support all day, every day, even under inclement weather. Now, by partnering with Saab Group in August 2014, the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) has finally come to fruition – and that burden on airpower could be reduced...
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.
Take some time to view the sample delegate list for Future Mortars 2017 here.