Sisu, Patria demonstrate high mobility 120 mm mortar system 2706172

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Sisu, Patria demonstrate high mobility 120 mm mortar system
The Finnish vehicles manufacturer Sisu Auto recently participated in a live firing drill, in which the company combined its 8x8 hook-lift truck with Patria's Nemo Container, the world’s first 120 mm mortar system integrated with a container and unveiled during IDEX 2017.
     

Sisu's 8x8 truck combined to Patria's brand new Nemo 120 mm mortar container
(Credit: Sisu)
     
The combination of Sisu and Patria know-how provides a flexible and mobile fire support solution. During the live firing exercise, the mortar system successfully provided both direct and indirect fires.

Patria's 120 mm mortar container has its own power unit and air conditioning. In addition to an access hatch, the container has an escape hatch. The customer can select NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) filtration systems, as well as the desired ballistic protection, made either of steel plates or ceramic armour. High-durability steel plating 8 to 10mm thick adds around three tons to the weight of the container.

The container has space for one hundred mortar bombs. It has a crew of three: two loaders and a gunner, who also acts as the commander of the unit. The key benefit of the Patria Nemo Container is its easy mobility, which is unique to mortar systems of this caliber.

The container can be easily moved into a firing position on a high-speed boat, a ship or on a truck; the container can also fire from any of these carriers and naturally also from the ground. For example, the container’s versatile mobility enables coastal jaeger platoons to relocate this independent firing unit during a mission.

The SISU 8×8 model features an integrated load handling mechanism, which gives the vehicle a low centre of gravity and a low overall height. As a result, the SISU 8×8 can be transported in an aircraft (e.g. Hercules C-130). When loaded with a 1CC container, the total height of the truck using the standard 14.00R20 off road tires does not exceed 4 meters.

The SISU 8×8 model features an integrated load handling mechanism, which gives the vehicle a low centre of gravity and a low overall height. As a result, the SISU 8×8 can be transported in an aircraft (e.g. Hercules C-130). When loaded with a 1CC container, the total height of the truck using the standard 14.00R20 off road tires does not exceed 4 meters.

     

Sisu's 8x8 truck combined to Patria's brand new Nemo 120 mm mortar container
(Credit: Sisu)
 

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