from the June 2014 issue

Elbit Systems unveils new mortar - Soltam Spear mortar

The Spear system can be used on lightweight combat vehicles.

Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: ESLT; TASE: ESLT) has announced that it will exhibit its latest autonomous Recoil Mortar System (RMS) for lightweight 4x4 combat vehicles, Soltam Spear, at the 3rd International Fire Conference, held May 10-22, 2014, at "Home of the Gunners" in Zichron Ya'akov, Israel.

According to Elbit, the technology in the advanced second generation RMS reduces 120mm gun barrel firing recoil loads from 30 to less than 10 tons, making it usable on Light Combat Vehicles (LCVs), such as Humvees and Jeeps. This makes infantry forces more maneuverable, as it delivers immediate indirect artillery support for effectively engaging a wide range of targets.

Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land and C4I (command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence) said, "Elbit Systems is a world leader in the field of mortar systems, and the Cardom mortar is already in use by the IDF and other leading armed forces around the world. The Spear provides our customers with a broader range of capabilities and further establishes our leading position in this field. Spear addresses the operational demand for agile, accurate and precise mobile fire power, which enables operation deep within combat zones and the deployment of Special Forces."

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report June 2014

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