Pocket Artillery for the Warfighter
The Royal Marines will soon be replacing the Viking, seeking a new amphibious tracked vehicle to provide protected mobility for the amphibious forces. Among the vehicles displayed here were the heavier BvS10 from BAE Systems, the Warthog, based on the Singaporean Bronco used by the British military and its new sibling – Bronco 3 displayed in a mortar carrier configuration.
Equipped with the autonomous 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System the new Bronco 3 was displayed here with an Elta ‘Green Rock’ counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) radar. The SRAMS system employs a recoil reduction mechanism reduces the mortar recoil to 26 tons, a level contained by the Bronco armored vehicle.
Elbit Systems presented the newest addition to its recoil reduction systems portfolio with the SPEAR Mark 2 – a system that reduces the 120mm mortar recoil down to around ten tons, enabling the mortar to mount on a tactical vehicle. It was displayed here mounted on a Plasan Sandcat light armored vehicle.
The Spanish EIMOS was also on display. The system using small caliber (60 – 81mm) mortars were mounted on a Spanish Uro Vamtac S3 tactical vehicle, is designed to support light, mobile forces.
SPEAR was shown as part of a complete and autonomous sensor-to-shooter network that supports tactical units and rapid deployment forces. The SPEAR mortar demonstrated at DSEI responded automatically to a forward controller, equipped with the company’s handheld targeting and Dominator combat suits. The Dominator was enhanced with the new Smartrack unit that made its debut here. Smartrack is a compact position location and reporting system that provides positioning of forces in GPS denied environment, providing the fighting force with continued friendly forces tracking capability.