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At MILIPOL Rheinmetall shows their new RSG60 60mm mortar for infantry and special forces. “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 said. “Depending on the ammunition and charges, the standard version can attain ranges of up 3,200 metres. Equipped with a thirty centimetre-longer barrel, the range increases by around 500 metres. The commando variant of the RSG60 has a range of around 2,000 metres.”

Other highlights at the booth include the Survivor R protected special operations vehicle (SOV). This vehicle has been invented in close counsel for several German police forces, users include the state police forces of Berlin, North Rhine Westphalia and Saxony.

Developed in cooperation with special vehicle maker Achleitner and based on a high-performance 4×4 MAN truck chassis, the Survivor R is fitted with a steel armour cab. The vehicle can travel at speeds of over 100 km/h. Up to eleven personnel with their personal equipment as well as extensive C4I and communications equipment might be transported. A remotely operated weapon station can be added by choice. The shown version is a Survivor R fitted with a Fieldranger weapon station. This variant is designed for protecting airports, for instance, as well as for operations against terrorists employing military tactics and equipment.

An armoured monocoque cab with add-on protection elements can be individually and discreetly modified to meet evolving threat situations, while a ventilation system for filtering out nuclear, biological and chemical agents is standard equipment in every Survivor R vehicle.

Dorothee Frank