Each the Royal Danish Army General Dynamics PIRANHA 5 Mortar Carrier will be equipped with a MVRS-700SC muzzle velocity radar system from Weibel in Denmark. Many parameters, such as temperature, humidity and barrel conditions influence a mortar bomb’s muzzle velocity. It is pivotal to compensate for these parameters and improve accuracy by adjusting individual mortar settings according to precise measured muzzle velocity. The Doppler-based radar system is integrated with the FCS and consists of an antenna and a processor. The antenna unit contains all necessary electronics and an acoustic trigger. Its trigger and Doppler signals are digitised by the processor unit and stored for digital analysis.
Denmark’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) signed a USD15.3 million contract with Austrian company ESL Advanced Information Technology (ESLAIT) on 18 May for the delivery of 15 automatic floormounted 120 mm heavy mortar systems. The A3MS system comprises a 120 mm CARDOM 10 mortar from Israel’s Elbit Systems fitted with recoil absorbers. The system delivers effective fire support by combining the flexibility and effectiveness of accurate mortar fire with the exceptional tactical mobility of the PIRANHA 5. The CARDOM 10 is a derivative of the combat-proven 120mm CARDOM which is an open hatch, muzzle loaded and turntable mounted mortar used by the US Army, the Israeli defence forces and other countries.