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AMOS

120-mm self-propelled mortar system

AMOS

The AMOS is a new-generation mortar system, designed for a rapid rate of fire



Entered service 2007
Crew 1 + 2 / 3 men
Armament
Main gun 2 x 120-mm mortars
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm / 12.7-mm
Maximum firing range over 10 km
Maximum rate of fire 24 rpm
Elevation range - 3 to + 85 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 50 - 60 rounds
Machine guns ?

 

   The AMOS or Advanced MOrtar System was developed as a joint venture between Patria (Finland) and Hagglunds (Sweden). Hagglunds is responsible for the turret and Patria for the breech loaded 120-mm mortars. It is a new generation mortar, designed for a rapid rate of fire. Finland ordered a total of 24 of these twin-barrel mortar systems on the Patria AMV chassis. Sweden ordered two AMOS systems on the CV90 chassis.

   The AMOS is a turret with two 120-mm breech loaded mortars. Compared with conventional mortars the AMOS has increased firepower. It's maximum rate of fire is 24 rounds per minute. Vehicle has an automatic ammunition handling system. This artillery system is capable of multiple round simultaneous impact firing. It can fire up to 14 rounds and leave position before the mines hit target simultaneously. This mortar system also has a direct fire capability. Maximum range of direct fire is 1 500 m. The AMOS is compatible with all standard 120-mm mortar ammunition as well as smart guided ammunition, including the Strix precision guided munitions. The Strix was developed by Saab Bofors Dynamics. It has a range of 5 km.

   This artillery system is fitted with automatic electronic target engagement and firing systems. The AMOS has a brief reaction time. It can open fire in less than 30 seconds and leave firing position in less than 10 seconds.

   Armor of the AMOS turret protects against infantry weapons and artillery shell splinters. This artillery system has a muzzle blast protection. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection system.

   The AMOS mortar turret can be mounted on a variety of wheeled or tracked chassis, including CV90 infantry fighting vehicle, or stretched M113 armored personnel carrier. The AMOS was even tested on naval vessels, particularly the Swedish Combat Boat 90.

 

Variants

 

   NEMO (NEw MOrtar) is a lighter version of the AMOS, fitted with a single barrel, but has the same ballistics as the ordnance. This variant was developed by Patria. It is in service with Finland and Slovenia.

 

Video of the AMOS 120-mm mortar system

 
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