Smart-mortar Will Help Soldiers More Effectively Hit Targets

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June 8, 2015 | Source:

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 21, 2015) -- The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves Soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

During DOD Lab Day at the Pentagon, May 14, multiple researchers from throughout the Army were available to demonstrate their projects, including Nickolas B. Baldwin, a researcher and mechanical engineer with the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC, at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. He serves as the ARDEC project officer for the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar, or GEFM, program.

The GEFM is a GPS-guided mortar that will make it easier for Soldiers to put a round on target.

"With [a] conventional mortar you are at the mercy of the ballistic calculations," Baldwin said. "With a conventional non-smart round, you really have to bracket in your target. There is a certain dispersion, or round-to-round variability in shooting a conventional munition. What happens sometimes is, based on the weather for the day, or the aiming error or the weapon, there is a certain error associated with it. So you adjust fire after your first round down range and hopefully get fire for effect."

A precision-guided mortar takes that variability out of the equation, Baldwin said.