The Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD)’s Directorate of Defense R&D, Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Ground Forces and Elbit Systems have unveiled a new mortar system.
Called ‘Iron Sting’, the laser and global positioning system (GPS) guided 120mm mortar is designed to engage targets accurately and prevent ‘collateral damage’.
The new weapon equips the Israel Army to better counter enemies in open terrains and hidden in crowded urban environments.
DDR&D research and development head brigade general Yaniv Rotem said: “Ten years of research and development have led us to this moment when we can provide the IDF’s ground forces with advanced capabilities made for the modern battlefield.
“This laser and GPS-guided mortar munition provides troops with a precise firing capability that has only been implemented in missiles and air munition thus far. This is a very complex program and a ground-breaking system on the international level.”
The munition system recently underwent final trials at a testing site in southern Israel.
During testing, two networked cardom mortar systems developed by Elbit Systems were used.
A cardom system was mounted on an M113 armoured personnel carrier and a cardom spear system on a Hummer 4X4 SUV.
Trials have been completed and demonstrated the system’s development and performance ahead of its production and delivery to the IDF.
Elbit Systems Land Division general manager Yehuda (Udi) Vered said: “The introduction of this laser and GPS guided munition transforms the mortar system from a statistical firepower into a precision fire system, thus delivering a significant change in fire capabilities at the tactical level.
“We believe that we have been able to develop an efficient solution that enables to increase precision and reduce collateral damage.”