Spanish ammunition manufacturer, EXPAL Systems has been selected by the Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse) to supply the new 81mm mortar system to the Swiss Army.
The selection follows the “8,1cm Mortar replacement” program launched in 2015 by the armasuisse, which has included a complex evaluation process of key potential suppliers, with tests and validation of the systems individually.
“EXPAL carried out an important process to modernise this weapon system to adapt it to the indirect fire support mission needs on modern battlefield. These continuous improvements are focused on enhancing accuracy, reliability and maneuverability in operations”, said Stéphane Plantinet, the managing director of EXPAL.
EXPAL Systems offers a complete solution for mortar systems called ‘One-Stop Shop’. This consists of 60mm, 81mm and 120mm mortar systems, the entire portfolio of ammunition and EIMOS, and the 60/81mm mortar system integrated into a high mobility vehicle. This proposal also includes technological applications such as the Fire Control System TECHFIRE, the mini UAV used as Unmanned Forward Observer SHEPERD-MIL, the simulator eSIMOX to train mortar units, and eTRAIDS to make easier maintenance works.
EXPAL Systems is a subsidiary of Maxam, one of the world’s largest explosives manufacturers based in Madrid, Spain.
The company has been awarded the mortar systems and mortar ammunitions tenders launched in over 10 European armed forces since 2010. With over 50 years’ experience, EXPAL’s solutions are in service in over 35 countries worldwide.