The US Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center and Patria will determine the feasibility of incorporating a turreted, breech-loaded 120 mm mortar weapon system in US mortar carriers.
Both parties signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to assess the capabilities of Patria's Nemo mortar system, its compatibility with US mortar carrier weapon platforms and fire control systems, as well as to evaluate the use of current 120 mm mortar ammunition in a breech-loaded mortar, such as Patria Nemo.
The agreement is a continuation of the US Army’s effort to provide Armoured and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams with rapid, precise indirect and direct fire capability where the operating crew is well protected, and their physical burden is significantly reduced.
In late 2018, the Army published a market survey to identify capable sources to develop and produce the 120 mm Mortar Future Indirect Fire Turret (FIFT). Patria answered the market survey based on Patria's Nemo mortar system.
Patria Nemo is a turreted, remote-controlled 120 mm mortar system with both direct and indirect fire capability and can execute up to six grenade multiple rounds simultaneous impact fire missions. In addition to being highly protected, Patria Nemo is light, compact and easily installable on light, tracked chassis, wheeled armoured vehicles or navy vessels.
“This agreement exemplifies the capability leap that modern turreted mortar systems can introduce to armed forces,” said Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria’s Land Business Unit. “It is also a logical continuation to the cooperation between Patria and the US government that began with Patria Nemo sales to a third country through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.”