By David Oliver
The Land Systems arm of Singapore-based ST Engineering and Hirtenberger Defence Systems (HDS) from the United Kingdom signed a co-operation agreement to pursue business opportunities for 120 mm mortar system in Europe. The comprehensive mortar system combines ST Engineering’s 120 mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS) weapon system with HDS’ mortar fire control system and 120 mm mortar ammunition. The result of this combination will result in high performance and reliability.
Mr Alexander Müller, CEO, Hirtenberger Defence Systems said, “With the longtime experience in the field of weapons and ammunition the combination of capabilities of the two companies will make a difference in the 120mm mortar market.” Dr Lee Shiang Long, President of ST Engineering’s Land Systems sector said, “The 120 mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS) is a battle-proven system which can be integrated on both wheeled and tracked vehicles. Coupled with Hirtenberger’s Fire Control System and 120 mm mortar ammunition, we now offer a complete operational system that offers rapid and accurate fire.”
The SRAMS’s automatic Ammunition Loading System (ALS) can achieve 10 rounds per minute for high rate of firing without crew fatigue while the patented Blast Diffuser reduces the high blast overpressure to below the allowable limit for the crew to operate safely during prolonged firing.
Over the next three years, the companies will jointly market the unique system to customers in Europe.