IMI to unveil precision mortar shell

Precision 120 mm. shell can be aimed with laser guidance or GPS.

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS
October 9, 2007 23:00
1 minute read.

Israel Military Industries (IMI) will unveil a precision 120 mm. mortar shell at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition in Washington this week. The shell can be fitted to any 120 mm. launcher, which is already widely used all over the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. The shell has a range of 13 km. and can be guided in two different ways: either other IDF personnel mark the target via laser, which the shell then can hone in on, or by using GPS relayed via satellite. Because it can be guided in, it will enable a target to be destroyed with one shot, thus reducing the number of mortar rounds needed to be put on target as well as transported to the battlefield. That in turn will greatly reduce the strain on logistics during battles. The "brain" of the mortar shell is a combined computer, guidance and navigation system called "Pure Heart" which operates in real time. Because of its minimal size, it can be loaded onto almost any air or ground weapons system. The need for such a weapon became clear after the Second Lebanon War, IMI said, and therefore they decided to focus on "smart" munitions. IMI head Avi Felder said in a statement Tuesday that the shell was in advanced demonstration stages for the IDF as well as foreign armies. He added that combining the "Pure Heart" system with other munitions such as rockets and artillery shells could very well bring about a revolution in battlefield capabilities.


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