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M1129 Stryker

120-mm mortar carrier

M1129 Stryker

The M1129 Stryker mortar carrier provides indirect fire support to infantry units

 
 
Entered service 2005
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 19.4 t
Length 6.95 m
Width 2.72 m
Height 2.64 m
Armament
Main gun 120-mm mortar
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Projectile weight ?
Maximum firing range 6.8 km
Maximum rate of fire 16 rpm
Ammunition load
Mortar 60 rounds
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Caterpillar 3126 diesel
Engine power 350 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The M1129 mortar carrier is a member of the Stryker family of armored vehicles. It is supports infantry operations in complex terrain and urban environments. First production vehicles entered service with the US Army in 2005. This artillery system is used by Stryker Brigade Combat Teams. Currently the US Army is the only operator of this artillery system.

   The M1129 is fitted with Soltam Cardom 120-mm mortar, which fires a full range of ammunition, including HE, precision guided, dual purpose, smoke, illumination and IR illumination rounds. This mortar fires from the mounted position within the vehicle. It fires through roof hatches, that swing open at the top of the vehicle. If necessary mortar can also be used dismounted. Maximum range of fire is 6 800 meters. Rate of intense fire is 16 rounds per minute, however rate of sustained fire. A first round can be fired within one minute from travelling. 60 rounds of ammunition are stored inside the hull.

   Battalion level vehicles additionally carry a second 81-mm mortar, while the company level vehicles carry 60-mm mortar. Both lightweight mortars can only be used dismounted. Only one, either 120-mm or 82-mm/60-mm, mortar can be employed at a given time. Second mortar has to be unloaded before firing.

   Secondary armament consists of a roof-mounted 7.62-mm machine gun, which is used for self-defense.

   Basic armor of the M1129 provides protection against 7.62-mm rounds. Add-on ceramic armor tiles can be added for increased protection. With appliqué armor vehicle provides protection against 14.5-mm rounds. Undercarriage of this mortar carrier was designed to survive mine blasts. Interior is lined with Kevlar liner, which protects the crew against spalling. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems. Strykers employed in combat zones are fitted with a slat armor, which provides protection against RPG rounds.

   This artillery system is fitted with a battlefield information management system, which links up with other similarly equipped vehicles and command posts. It also has a digital fire control system with integrated navigation, self-positioning and aiming systems. This fire control system can operate in automatic laying mode, once it receives target data from an observation position.

   Vehicle has a crew of five, including commander, driver, gunner, assistant gunner and ammunition bearer.

   The M1129 mortar carrier is mounted on a modified Stryker chassis. Vehicle is powered by a Caterpillar 3126 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 350 hp. Engine and transmission can be removed an reinstalled in less than an hour. Driving wheels can switch between 8x4 and 8x8 configurations. Normally a 8x4 configuration is used, while the 8x8 is switched on driving off-road. Vehicle is also fitted with a central tyre inflation system. This mortar carrier is not amphibious.

   The M1129 can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules and larger military transport aircraft.

   Each Stryker infantry battalion has a total of 10 mortar carriers.

 

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