Part I - Future Mortar Systems Briefing Paper

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Relatively lightweight compared to artillery cannon and howitzers, mortars are muzzle-loading indirect fire weapons that fire shells at low velocities, short ranges, and with high-arcing ballistic trajectories. Their primary mission is to support ground combat at battalion or battle group level by providing organically attached tactical fire support. In general, they are extremely durable weapons, with many WWII-era designs still in active service worldwide.

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