Militarov wrote:Isos wrote:With the armies being smaller and smaller it's better to have a light self propelled mortar like 2S9 Nona or Something even lighter with all its communication systems and GPS/Glonass targeting computers and other its safety for the crew than these "normal" mortars.
"Normal" mortars are going nowhere as they far, far, far cheaper to be made, lighter and its easy to break such units in smaller detachments. You cant leave self propelled mortar especially not one on tracked platform on its own without support of accompanying units.
You have today hand held BMS and Balistic computers that do exactly the same job again at fraction of the cost. You can take 60/82 mm mortar at the top of the building, down the well, under stairs, inside the building, under bridge, in sewer pipe... you cant do that with something weighting 25tons.
When its about 120mm mortars, i am more for those semi-fixed variants that have their dedicated vehicle, but which allows mortar to be taken off and used as normal mortar at any moment. Something like simplified Thales Scorpion mortar system lets say.
True for those very small mortars you can basically put in your pocket but something a little bit bigger that needs some bigger transport vehicle and with range low against howitzers has no future.
The time of engagement is reducing because of the interconnexion of equipement, so fixed or semi fixed artillery is, IMO, dead because you can move it quickely. Small mortars can be moved by the soldier easily too, I'm just speaking about bigger semi fixed or fixed mortar and gun.
Look how it was counter in Uk:
BTW there are lot of videos showing how these small mortars explodes while the man is puting the shell in it. They are pretty dangerous to use.
No need to have a 20T armoured tank to carry them. A new concept of motorcycle that can carry them would be devastating. The main probleme is to fire and go away pretty fast. Horses are good and quick enough but you need to put the mortar on them and that takes some minutes.