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Today Rheinmetall announced the development of a new 60mm mortar for infantry and special forces. According to the company this RSG60 has a new design design and engineering characteristics which make this indirect fire system very light and easy to handle. “A few quick manual adjustments turn the 15.8 kg standard infantry version into a commando mortar weighing just 6.8 kg, with no need for tools,” the company announced. “This makes the RSG60 a two-in-one solution.”

The standard version can attain ranges of up 3,200 m. When the weapon is equipped with a thirty cm longer barrel, the range increases by around 500 m. The commando variant of the RSG60 has a range of around 2,000 m. About 70 cm long, the barrel is made of steel with a carbon fibre over-wrap. This assures the necessary stability at the same time as lower weight, resulting in a barrel that weighs around 30% less than a conventional steel mortar. The base plate is made of carbon fibre composite material. “The novel design of this indirect fire weapon not only saves space, it can be set up and ready to fire in a matter of seconds,” Rheinmetall announced. “Furthermore, by loosening the retaining bolts, it is possible to separate the RSG60 from the base plate in around thirty seconds, transforming it into lighter-weight commando mortar.”

Development of the new mortar began in October 2017 with the aim to augment Rheinmetall’s family of 60mm ammunition and existing Rheinmetall Electronics fire control technology with a matching, future-oriented weapon system. Right from the start, development work therefore focused on low weight, speed and ergonomics. The RSG60 has repeatedly undergone successful test firing.

Dorothee Frank