Indian Mahindra ALSV received a Spanish 120mm Alakran mortar

MADRID, SPAIN — Spanish company New Technologies Global Systems [NTGS] is targeting the Indian market. This company has integrated its 120 mm Alakran mortar system into the ALSV chassis. ALSV is Armored Light Specialist Vehicle from the Indian firm Mahindra.

120mm Alakran mortar is already installed in Indian Mahindra ALSV
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The ALSV is now in production for the Indian Army, which has purchased 1,300 units from Mahindra. The variant with the mortar mounted has a protected cabin with two doors. The Alacran mortar is located on the rear platform. This mortar can be integrated into the rear of light 4×4 vehicles or in heavier armored vehicles.

The version of the ALSV with Alakran could be seen last year at a defense fair in India. An official confirmation of the purchase of this system by the Asian country has not yet come out.

Sales in Saudi Arabia and Ukraine

Alakran’s first customer was Saudi Arabia, which received a hundred units installed in Land Cruisers. Ukraine also acquired a batch of eight units in 2017. Their mortar was mounted on the armored 4×4 Bars-8 platform. During the first weeks of the Russian invasion, this vehicle could be seen in action.

The mortar is marketed in the United States by Global Military Products. The manufacturer has also integrated this mortar system on board the Emirati Mir vehicle and more recently in the armored Sherpa from the French Arquus. The Alakran was also evaluated by the Spanish Army as part of the experimental phase of Project Fuerza 2035. The tests took place in the Legion Brigade, a unit chosen to test the materials of the future Army Brigade.

System characteristics

The mortar remains inside the vehicle during trips and is deployed from the rear of the vehicle using an electromechanical actuator. In a few seconds, it rests on the ground on a square base that stabilizes the platform and allows continuous firing at maximum load without transmitting effort to the vehicle that transports it.

According to the manufacturer, the entire operation of deploying, aiming, firing at two different targets, withdrawing, and leaving a position is done in just over a minute. Specifically, it can go into action and fire two 120mm mortar rounds in 67 seconds, then switch to another position before the enemy battery can fire back.

Base configuration

The base configuration of the system includes a crew of three and includes up to 60 120 mm mortar charges and associated components. It also has computerized shot control equipment with a flat-screen. The Alakran mortar has a claimed maximum range of 7,180m for its HE grenades. Ukrainian industry has also developed a 120 mm laser-guided mortar shell. ir is equipped with a high-explosive high-explosive warhead and slightly increases the range to 7,500 meters. In mid-2019, Ukroboronservice released a video of tests with half a dozen of these systems.

In the latest versions, it also integrates an auto-targeting system that includes a GIS [Geographic Information System] and an open BMS [Battle Management System] for the joint use of various Alakran units along with target identification elements. The system also allows the mounting of a mortar with a smaller caliber of 81 mm.

Fast operations

The vehicle is ready to fire in 35 seconds and back on target after firing in just eight seconds. It can be retracted in 25 seconds. Operation from the cockpit and outside the vehicle is made possible by the inclusion of a proprietary fire control system that displays its location and that of assigned targets and includes a ballistic calculation system for multiple types of ammunition. The range varies from 6.5 km with 81 mm to 8 km with 120 mm.

It has a wide fire capacity, firing 12 shots in the first minute and four in sustained fire. It is prepared to work in harsh and desert environments and has protection against solar radiation, dust, and water, to which must be added an integrated weather station. Alakran can also be installed in a vehicle weighing more than 1.5 tons without structural reinforcements and can be transported by helicopter.


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