Mortar Developments: A Special Forces Operational InsightLt 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.
Future Mortar Systems: Requirements & Holdings Report 2016Take a closer look at the latest mortar holdings among militaries worldwide and explore some of the most notable recent developments. Ahead of the Future Mortar Systems event taking place this October, Defence IQ brings you this Future Mortars Requirements & Holdings Report.
Danish Army sees urgent need for digital mortar systemsIn 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…
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Future Mortar Systems 2016 Sample Attendee ListDownload a sample of the Future Mortar Systems 2016 attendee list.
Mortar Systems: Market Overview Report 2015Brush up on the latest mortar holdings among militaries worldwide and explore some of the most notable recent developments, future plans and market rumours. This report is illustrative and not intended to be exhaustive. It was provided as a complimentary resource ahead of Future Mortar Systems 2015.
Mortar Systems: Market Overview Report 2014June 2014
Brush up on the latest mortar holdings among militaries worldwide and explore some of the most notable recent developments, future plans and market rumours. This report is illustrative and not intended to be exhaustive. It was provided as a complimentary resource ahead of Future Mortar Systems 2014.
Future Artillery Sector Report, 2013-2023This report offers an indicative examination of the future artillery market over the next ten years. The report is based on a survey of senior executives and professionals within the artillery domain.
Topics examined include: which capabilities the military will prioritiseas it increasingly embarks on urban, complex and dispersed operations, how militaries can achieve greater precision, the changing nature of training scenarios as well as looking into which regions are being targeted as emerging growth markets.
Future Mortar Systems: The Emerging ChallengesA 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...
Q&A: Chris Foss on Mortar and Artillery DevelopmentsThe 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…
We Bring You Fire: Rockwell Collins' mobile targeting systemThe 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.
No CAS? No Problem! Ground-Launched SDB could close the gapSince 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...
Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI)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.
Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) Operational
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.