Royal Ordnance expects to compete with foreign arms firms for a major Government contract to either update or replace 565 medium mortars in Britain’s military inventory.
Thousands of the same Royal Ordnance-built 81mm mortars are in service with armies around the world. It is used by 67 platoons in the army, marines and RAF.
The Ministry of Defence wants improved range, ammunition and ballistic performance but with the same manpower constraints. Alternatives under consideration include new mortars with calibres ranging between 60mm and 120mm, the MoD said.
Royal Ordnance and unspecified overseas suppliers, which include France’s Giat, registered their interest with the MoD in January. Giat is expected to offer a 120mm weapon.