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Is a mortar a grenade launcher?
The hand mortar is a firearm and early predecessor of modern grenade launchers that was used in the late 17th century and 18th century to throw fused grenades.
How accurate is mortar fire?
A well trained mortar team can drop a 40 mm round precisely on the top of your head from a couple of miles away . The newer 80mm rounds have a longer range and they too can be fired with incredible accuracy by a well trained crew.
Can you direct fire a mortar?
It is universally accepted that the mortar is an indirect fire weapon. However, few are aware that the mortar can also be utilized in a direct fire roll.
Do mortars explode on impact?
Most grenades work using a timer, meaning that a soldier throws it and hopes that the enemy can’t grab the weapon and throw it back before it detonates. But a hand-thrown mortar round will usually explode as soon as it hits the ground or a solid object, making it nearly impossible to throw back.
Can you really throw a mortar round?
Throwing even a light 60mm mortar round will likely injure you and/or kill you, especially since there is no delay in the fuze and it will detonate the moment it touches anything.
Are mortars inaccurate?
Mortars are not especially accurate weapons. The first round may be 100 meters or more off-target, but by adjusting the aim point, the crew can get on target after a few shots. Normally, the only way to increase the range of a mortar is to add a bigger charge of propellant or a rocket booster.
Could a mortar destroy a tank?
The 0.23-to-0.47-inch (5.8 to 11.9 mm) thick armor generally prevented penetration by small arms fire and shell fragments. However, even a near miss from field artillery or an impact from a mortar HE round could easily disable or destroy the tank: if the fuel tank was ruptured, it could incinerate the tank’s crew.
How far can a mortar fire?
100 m to 5500 m
Generally speaking, medium mortars can fire at ranges of 100 m to 5500 m, while heavy mortars have a range of some 500 m to 7,000 m (Gander & Hogg, 1993; Isby, 1988). Mortars are found in the inventories of almost all state armed forces, and a majority of larger non-state armed groups.
What was the advantage of high angle trajectory mortars?
High angle trajectory mortars held a great advantage over standard field guns in the rough terrain of the West Highlands of Scotland. US Army 13-inch mortar “Dictator” was a rail-mounted gun of the American Civil War.
What type of gun-mortars are used in tanks?
The Israeli Merkava tank uses a 60 mm mortar as a secondary armament. The Russian army uses the 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled 240 mm heavy mortar which is one of the largest mortars in current use. Gun-mortars are breech-loaded mortars usually equipped with a hydraulic recoil mechanism, and sometimes equipped with an autoloader.
Can You dismount a mortar from a vehicle?
Simpler vehicles carry a standard infantry mortar while in more complex vehicles the mortar is fully integrated into the vehicle and cannot be dismounted from the vehicle. Mortar carriers cannot be fired while on the move, and some must be dismounted to fire.
What is the muzzle velocity of an 81mm mortar?
Data for 81 mm L16 mortar Charge Muzzle Velocity Range Primary 73 m/s 180–520m Charge 1 110 m/s 390–1,120m Charge 2 137 m/s 580–1,710m Charge 3 162 m/s 780–2,265m