Saturday, January 28, 2023

Mobility and Speed: Scorpion Mortar Carrier System

Recent conflicts in Europe and the Middle East have once again validated the need for highly mobile fire support assets capable of operating in the shortest possible time. An increasingly recurring presence of surveillance and detection systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles, counter-battery radars and other multi-sensor means is demanded.

To offer a mobile and rapid operating platform, New Technologies Global Systems Company developed the Scorpion Modular Mortar Carrier System. Conceived primarily for first response units, the Scorpion was designed to be a light/medium 4×4 vehicle armed with either an 81 or 120 mm mortar, mounted on a pneumatic deployment and withdrawal system, which Allows you to fire a gun on the ground. , being able to perform a rapid sequence of shots and leave position in less than 30 seconds.

To take full advantage of the mobile system’s capabilities, the Scorpion is linked to a digital fire control unit that allows the necessary ballistic calculations to be carried out once the vehicle is in position. GPS units and a weather station provide all the necessary data for the projectile trajectory, while the communications unit allows linking with other elements on the ground, such as drones or scouting units, which will provide updates and additional information on the targets’ positions . be destroyed.

The fire control unit can be operated from a computer screen and keyboard inside the cab of the 4×4, or via a rigid tablet from outside the 4×4, eliminating the need to constantly expose mortarmen around the piece only is done. Recharging it The opening and retraction of the plate and tube is done through a pneumatic system, thus allowing that the recoil is not absorbed by the vehicle’s suspension, but by the ground.

Once Scorpion’s deployment system is activated, and the plate is seated on the ground, the tube still has about 120 degrees of freedom of movement. Depending on the type of mortar, the carrier vehicle can be configured to carry 72 81 mm or 40 120 mm shells. Ammunition containers were placed on the sides of the vehicle, making access easier for mortarmen. Maximum range is between 6,500 and 8,000 meters depending on the mortar model.

As we mentioned, the Scorpion can be mounted on two-ton 4×4 vehicles, from Land Cruiser VDJ79 trucks, through URO VAMTAC all-terrain vehicles or armored vehicles. In the latter case, we have as an example the Ukrainian BARS-8MMK system, for which the BARS-8 4×4 armored wheeled vehicle is used. Based on the Dodge Ram 4X4 pickup chassis, the BARS-8 has a gross weight of 10,000 kg and a payload capacity of 2,000 kg. Its armor level 2 provides protection to STANAG 4569 (light weapons or artillery splinters). Accommodates three crew members and 60 120 mm shells.

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vehicle: Toyota Land Cruiser VDJ79, URO VAMTAC, ARQUUS Sherpa or any 2-ton 4×4.

Crew: 2+ (depends on platform).

weight

vehicle: 2050 kg

Scorpion: 1200 kg

Total: 3250 kg (not including tube and ammunition).

performance

Shooting Rate: 12 shells in 1 minute, then 4 shells per minute.

reach: 6500m (81mm) o 8000m (120mm).

Cover Image: NTGS

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