Reply to "Mortars as individual weapons?"

Linz posted:
  
 

Sorry, I miscommunicated.  I'm sold on the utility of 81mm & 120mm dedicated AFV.

I was referring to the 60mm mortars the French & others installed on some of their light AFV: South Africans & Rhodesians used them for example.  One of my rellies obtained a 60mm & rounds from US sources and mounted it on  top of his MBT and used it for many of the reasons you highlighted: smoke/WP, illume & the odd HE. Filled the gap between his M79 & the long gun.

It occurred to me if much of your forces are on light AFV/protected vehicles, might not a bracket on the deck for inf to slip a 60mm onto be worthwhile?

If I'm not mistaken, that's why the Israeli's have an internal 60mm mortar on the Merkava MBT in addition to M2 and 2x 7.62mm GPMGs.

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