The U.S. Army and the Finnish defense company Patria have entered into an agreement to study the feasibility of incorporating the Patria Nemo turreted, breech-loaded 120 mm mortar weapon system on the Army’s mortar carriers.
The scope of the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) signed with the Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center (CCDCAC) is to assess the capabilities of the Patria Nemo mortar system, its compatibility with U.S. mortar carrier weapon platforms and fire control systems. The study will also evaluate the use of current U.S. 120 mm mortar ammunition in a breech-loaded mortar, such as Patria Nemo.
“The agreement between the U.S Army and Patria exemplifies the capability leap that modern turreted mortar systems can introduce to armed forces and illustrates Patria’s leading role in this technology area. It is also logical continuation to the cooperation between Patria and the U.S. Government that began with Patria Nemo sales to a third country through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program”, says Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria’s Land Business Unit.
This CRADA agreement is a continuation of the U.S. Army’s effort to provide its Armored and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams with rapid, precise indirect and direct fire capability where the operating crew is well protected, and their physical burden is significantly reduced. In late 2018, the Army published a market survey to identify capable sources to develop and produce the 120 mm Mortar Future Indirect Fire Turret (FIFT). Patria answered the market survey based on the Patria Nemo mortar system.
Patria Nemo is a turreted, remote-controlled 120 mm mortar system with both direct and indirect fire capability and can execute up to 6 grenade multiple rounds simultaneous impact fire missions. In addition to being highly protected, Patria Nemo is light, compact and easily installable on light, tracked chassis, wheeled armored vehicles or naval vessels.