Hungary acquires 120mm mortars with GPS, FCS, and 15 shots/min

BUDAPEST, ($1=311.78 Hungarian Forints) — As early as the end of 2021, the head of the planning group for the command of the Hungarian Armed Forces, General Laszlo Stitch, announced the purchase of 120 mm mortar systems. As has learned from well-informed circles, they are supplied by Hirtenberger Defense and include not only mortars but other components of the system.

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For insiders in the industry, the decision comes as no surprise. Finally, after the decommissioning of the M1943 mortar some time ago, the Hungarian Armed Forces no longer have this key component for infantry fire support. However, internal publications and studies of the Hungarian Armed Forces have called for the restoration of this lost capability with the help of modern systems for more than a decade.

Well-informed sources now say that by 2023 the armed forces will use a small double-digit number of 120 mm M12 mortars, learned, citing Soldat&Technik. Obviously, the integration of weapons systems into the armed forces and the growth of specialized personnel must be made possible through training. In the next step, additional systems could be purchased, which are already reported to be budgeted.

20 mm M12 mortar

The incoming mortar systems will have a trailer that allows towed deployment. In addition, Hungarian mortars must receive a state-of-the-art fire control system [FCS] and an ammunition package, both from the Hirtenberger defense group.

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The Hirtenberger M12 fire control system provides various options, such as observer locations, firing planning, variable correction option, simultaneous fire mission. Hirtenberger M12 has integrated internal GPS, touch screen, calculation options, ammunition stores, etc.

The Hirtenberger M12 mortar is produced in two variants, which differ mainly in the length of the barrel and the total weight obtained, as well as in the range. According to the manufacturer, both versions have a total firing speed of up to 15 shots per minute. However, it is not known whether Hungary will receive the version with a ballistic tube length of 1385 mm or 1535 mm.

Hirtenberger Defense Group

The decision in favor of a Hirtenberger product is also not surprising to observers. As of October 29, 2019, the Hungarian state-owned company HDT Védelmi Ipari Kft already owns 100 percent of the Austrian Hirtenberger Defense Group, which also includes companies in the UK and New Zealand.

The former owner of the mortar specialists from Austria, Hirtenberger Holding GmbH, had already decided years ago to sell off the armaments division and was looking for a buyer for the mortar division.


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