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See U.S. Army Infantry Units Practice Indirect 120mm Mortar Fire Support

September 12, 2016

Mortars have been used in one way or another for hundreds of years. The have been used as a type of indirect fire for at least five centuries. Mortars were originally employed in siege warfare, which was a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by attrition or assault. They fell out of general use by the Napoleonic eras but made a comeback at the beginning of the last century.

Enter the Soltam K6. The Soltam K6 is a 120mm mortar that was developed by Israel. A 120mm mortar system is much lighter than others, has a greater range, and can sustain a rate of fire of four rounds per minute. The Soltam K6, combined with the M120 Mortar System mission is used to provide heavy weapon, high-angle organic indirect fire support to the unit commander. The M120 is used by both mechanized units and light infantry in certain situations.


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