Patria and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace have partnered for the future US Army turreted mortar programmes.

The teaming agreement will see the combination of Kongsberg’s US remote weapons systems (RWS) engineering and production capability and Patria’s experience in mortar systems.

The partnership will focus on the promotion and manufacturing of the light, compact 120mm turreted remote-controlled mortar system, Patria Nemo, in the US market.

With both direct and indirect fire capability, Nemo can execute up to six grenade multiple rounds simultaneous impact (MRSI) fire missions at the same time on the target.

Additionally, Patria Nemo can be easily installed on wheeled armoured vehicles in the 6×6/8×8 class or navy vessels.

Kongsberg’s existing RWS production plants in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, will be used for Nemo’s manufacture to the US market.

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Patria Land Business Unit president Jussi Järvinen said: “Kongsberg’s track record in high-end weapon system production in the US is highly regarded making Kongsberg a logical choice to manufacture our systems for the US Armed Forces.

“We are now ready to provide the US with the world’s most advanced, protected and mobile 120mm mortar system and to do so from within the US.”

In May this year, Patria and US Army agreed to check the capabilities and compatibility of Nemo mortar system.

Earlier this month, Patria won a contract to deliver an AMV 8×8 System Platform vehicle to Saab for demonstration and marketing purposes.