Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Taiwan unveils updated Mobile Mortar System kit for CM-32 8x8 armored vehicle

The new Mobile Mortar System mounted on a CM-32 Cloud Leopard 8x8 armored vehicle. Photo c/o Army Recognition.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) Materiel Production Center (MPC) unveiled its 81/120mm Mobile Mortar System (MMS), which was updated to perform better and meet requirements for the Republic of China Army (RoCA). 

The updated MMS, developed by the MPC’s 202nd Arsenal, has an electro-mechanical turntable control system allowing the mounting of either an 81/ 120mm smoothbore mortar system that can fire both 81mm and 120mm mortar rounds. 

It also features a hydraulic buffer assembly to reduce recoil loads by up to 70%. It also allows launching mortar rounds through a locally-developed advanced firing computer module. These advantages allow the mortar to have better aiming stability and faster deployment.

Two variants are available, a vehicle mounted system mounted on the CM-32 Cloud Leopard 8x8 wheeled self-propelled mortar system, and a ground-installed system. 

[1] Taipei Times
[2] Army Recognition
[3] Jane’s International Defence Review

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