We’ve written before about mortars being the infantry commander’s “hip pocket artillery.”* And in our Army, mortars are infantry weapons, separate from the Field Artillery. Currently, our Army fields 60mm, 81mm, and 120mm mortars.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t larger mortars. Israel and several other countries use 160mm mortars. And the current largest mortar in service is the Russian 240mm mortar.
That’s a pretty hefty tube.
It’s odd to see a weapon that has a rotary magazine and power loading and yet the each round has to have its primary and booster charges hand applied. I mean, really? Tying the “cheeses” on with string?
Looks like some guided and rocket assisted shells in there too.
*well, Infantry, Armor and Cavalry- basically each ground maneuver battalion has its own mortars.