The Ministry of Defence signed a contract on the change of 120 mm mortar ammunition stabilizers

 11. 07. 2019      category: Army of the Czech Republic

On Tuesday 9th June a contract was signed to execute the order “Purchase of the service ammunition 2019/1 - 120 mm mortar bombs” between the Ministry of Defence and the Military Technical Institute. The contract was signed by the head of the Armament and Acquisition Division Filip Říha and the director of the Military Technical Institute Jiří Protiva.

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Picture: The contract was signed by the head of the Armament and Acquisition Division Filip Říha and the director of the Military Technical Institute Jiří Protiva | Michal Voska, army.cz

The subject of this vertical cooperation is the change of stabilizers of about 14,000 pieces of 120 mm mortar bombs, including checks of their powder fillings, and possibly change of containers. This follows from the certification requirement of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.

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Picture: The contract was signed by the head of the Armament and Acquisition Division Filip Říha and the director of the Military Technical Institute Jiří Protiva | Michal Voska, army.cz

The order will ensure renewed operability of the 120 mm mortar bombs, where material degeneration was identified. This solution will make it possible for the Ministry of Defence to avoid purchase of new ammunition, and possibly ecological disposal of the existing ammunition, which would be unfavourable from the economic point of view. The value of the contract amounts to 106,167,215 CZK including VAT, the execution period agreed upon is 2019–2020.

The 120 mm mortar vz. 82 is another member of the family of artillery weapons with smooth barrel designated for silencing and destruction of the enemy. Another purpose for which it may be used is silencing or destruction of firing weapons of the opponent, or possibly destroying light shelters and trenches and firing weapon positions.

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Picture: Mortar vz. 82 with operators  | army.cz

Similar to the 82 mm mortar vz. 52 the 120 mm mortar can be used to destroy the wire barricades and to blind the opponent by using smoke bombs. Obvious is the higher effectiveness of the weapon.

Mortar vz. 82 is, contrary to its precursor, pulled by a vehicle. It can be easily demounted from the bottom part of the vehicle and prepared for shooting. The criteria of choosing the firing position are similar to those of the mortar vz. 52.

 Author: Michal Voska