The US Army is to demonstrate the capabilities of Patria Nemo 120mm mortar system through Foreign Comparative Testing.
Patria has entered into an agreement with the US Army to conduct a turreted mortar feasibility study in the form of Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT). The testing complements ongoing cooperation between Patria and the US Army on a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) announced in May.
The study consists of several tests and demonstrations in the US and Finland. Through these events Patria and the Army are testing Patria Nemo 120 mm turreted mortar system performance with US ammunition and against US requirements.
This agreement is a continuation of the US Army’s effort to provide Armored 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 2018 and 2020 the Army published market surveys to identify capable sources to develop and produce the 120 mm Modular Turreted Mortar System (MTMS). Patria answered the market surveys based on Patria Nemo mortar system.
Patria Nemo is the world’s foremost turreted mortar system. It is a remote-controlled 120 mm mortar system capable of both direct and indirect fire missions – including on the move. Nemo can execute multiple rounds simultaneous impact (MRSI) fire missions with up to 6 rounds hitting the target at the same time. In addition to being highly protected, Patria Nemo is light, compact and easily installed on light, tracked chassis, wheeled armoured vehicles or navy vessels.
“The purpose of FCT programmes is to find, assess, and field world-class products with a high technology readiness level in order to satisfy defence requirements more quickly and economically. We are convinced that these study and test efforts we conduct together with the US Army demonstrate Patria Nemo’s unique capabilities compared to any other mortar system. Nemo as a mature fielded product – coupled with our clear growth potential vision – provide a future-proof and low-risk solution to existing and new customers. And for the US Armed Forces our cooperation with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace exemplify that we are committed to provide a system that is manufactured in the US,” says Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria’s Land Business Unit.