The Army of Thailand, it has made progress on some military equipment procurement.
Elbit Systems SOLTAM SPEAR 120mm light vehicle-mounted Recoil Mortar System
At Eurosatory 2014, the Israeli Defense Company Elbit Systems has showcased its latest autonomous 120mm Recoil Mortar System (RMS) for lightweight 4×4 combat vehicles. The mortar system was mounted on an HUMVEE 4×4 light tactical vehicle.
Elbit Systems SOLTAM SPEAR 120mm Recoil Mortar System (RMS) mounted at the rear of a 4×4 light tactical vehicle HUMVEE at Eurosatory 2014, International Defense & Security Exhibition in Paris, France.
SOLTAM SPEAR is a new patent-pending 120mm light vehicle-mounted Recoil Mortar System that provides ground forces with improved mobility, lethality and accuracy across a wide range of operational scenarios.
Elbit Systems’ SPEAR is a fully autonomous, vehicle-mounted, 120mm soft recoil mortar system for high mobility platforms SPEAR delivers effective fire support by combining the flexibility and lethality of accurate mortar fire with exceptional tactical mobility. The mortar is a derivative of the combat-proven soft recoil mortar which is muzzle loaded and turntable-mounted and is being used extensively by the US Army, NATO, the Israel. Defense Force and others.
The SOLTAM SPEAR 120mm mortar R is equipped with computerized aiming and navigation devices, enabling the mortar system to be operated autonomously and aimed without the need for external reference points. SPEAR can be integrated with a variety of battle management systems (BMS) and includes technical fire management, scheduled fire plans, a prioritization target process and an attack result forecast. The system also manages ammunition, personnel, assignments and serial number .equipment reports.
The system can operate independently with forward observers and/or deployed forces. The system can also be deployed on a standalone basis or as part of the battery/platoon configuration.
The targeting information is relayed to the fire control system (FCS) which computes the ballistic data and orders the electric drive system (EDS) to position the mortar barrel to the exact azimuth and elevation. The mortar fire control system (MFCS) receives feedback from the north finding system (NFS) and inclination gauge units (IGU).
The system generates a comprehensive tactical picture that includes both friendly and enemy forces along with additional battlefield elements, enabling .accurate threat analysis and an attack result forecast.
unveiled today the autonomous, soft recoil system, designed for light wheeled platforms. The company has already tested the system on a modified
system developed by
The patent pending recoil system employed with this system reduces the barrel firing load (typically 120 tons) to less than 10 tons, therefore enabling a relatively light chassis to sustain the firing jolt within few seconds. As a result, the SPEAR can sustain a high rate of fire of up to 15 rounds per minute, and deliver accurate fire with a 30 meter circular error point (CEP). The mortar used is a derivative of the smooth-bore, muzzle loaded and turntable-mounted type used by the US Army, NATO and IDF.
As the Keshet autonomous mortar operational with the IDF ground forces, SPEAR is equipped with full digital computerized aiming and navigation system, enabling the mortar to be operated autonomously and aimed without the need for external reference points. (defense-update.com)
Autonomous Truck-Mounted Mortar: Here
The Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD) displayed its newest artillery project at the Defense & Security 2017 expo in Bangkok, this being an effort to create a 120mm truck-mounted mortar.
Aptly named the Autonomous Truck-Mounted Mortar, or ATMM, it is being developed by the MoD’s Weapon Production Centre in conjunction with Elbit Systems of Israel, with significant amounts of technology transfer occurring.
Soltam’s 120mm Spear recoil mortar system was seen at the exhibition mounted on a Tata LPTA 713 TC 4×4 truck from India. Its elevation range is listed as 800-1,511 mils with a traverse of 800 mils in either direction.
Updated Nov 14, 2017