Patria has today announced they are teaming up with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace for the future US turreted mortar programmes.
Press Release, 30 June, 2020: Patria and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace have teamed up for the future US turreted mortar programmes. The teaming will provide to the US market an unrivalled combination of Patria’s world-leading mortar systems together with Kongsberg’s US remote weapons systems (RWS) manufacturing capabilities and experience in the US market.
Patria Nemo is the foremost turreted mortar system. It is a remote-controlled 120mm mortar system capable of both direct and indirect fire on the move. Nemo can also execute multiple rounds simultaneous impact (MRSI) fire missions with up to 6 rounds per MRSI mission. In addition to being highly protected, Patria Nemo is light, compact and easily installable on light, tracked chassis, wheeled armoured vehicles or navy vessels.
Having an eye on upcoming turreted mortar programmes for the US armed forces, Patria and Kongsberg have agreed to leverage Kongsberg’s existing RWS manufacturing facilities in Johnstown, Pennsylvania for Nemo’s production to the US market. Kongsberg’s Johnstown’s facility together, with their wide US supplier base, has provided over 14,000 weapon systems to US armed forces over the last 20 years. Kongsberg produced MCT-30 remote turrets for the US Army’s Stryker programme in Johnstown and in May 2020 was selected to do the same for the US Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle programme.
“Kongsberg’s track record in high-end weapon system production in the US is highly regarded making Kongsberg a logical choice to manufacture our systems for the US Armed Forces. We are now ready to provide the US with the world’s most advanced, protected and mobile 120mm mortar system and to do so from within the US”, says Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria’s Land Business Unit.
“Kongsberg and Patria have a long history of working together and a relationship that was strengthened in 2016 with Kongsberg’s minority stake in Patria”, says Pål Bratlie Executive Vice President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS. “This teaming agreement for the Nemo mortar system is a fantastic means for our companies to join forces to provide solutions to the warfighter for the turreted mortar mission”.