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 company announced on 22 October. The testing complements ongoing cooperation between Patria and the Army in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) announced in May.
The study will consist of several tests and demonstrations in the US and Finland, testing Patria’s NEMO 120mm turreted mortar system performance with US ammunition and against US requirements. The agreement is a continuation of the Army’s effort to provide Armored and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams with rapid, precise indirect and direct fire capability, in which the crew is well-protected, and their physical burden is significantly reduced. The Army has been seeking to identify capable sources to develop and produce the 120mm Modular Turreted Mortar System (MTMS) since 2018. NEMO is Patria’s response.
NEMO is a remote-controlled 120mm mortar system capable of both direct and indirect fire missions – including on the move. It 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, NEMO is light, compact and easily installed on light, tracked chassis, wheeled armoured vehicles or naval 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 [shows] we are committed to provide a system that is manufactured in the US,” observed Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria’s Land Business Unit.