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Jack Richardson

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Patria have formed a teaming agreement to provide turreted mortar solutions for future U.S. Army mortar programmes, specifically, the companies will promote and produce the 120mm Patria Nemo, turreted, remote controlled mortar in the U.S. The teaming will provide an unrivalled combination with Kongsberg’s U.S. engineering and production capability alongside Patria’s long experience and innovation as a provider of world-leading mortar systems. In May 2020, Patria entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for the Nemo mortar system with the U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Armaments Center.

Pål Bratlie, Executive Vice President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, said, “This teaming agreement for the Nemo mortar system is a fantastic means for our companies to join forces to provide solutions to the warfighter for the turreted mortar mission.”

Nemo fires multiple rounds simultaneous impact (MRSI) fire missions with up to six rounds impacting simultaneously on target. The turret, along with an armoured chassis, protect the crew against ballistic, mine and IED threats and battlefield contaminants within the protection level of the platform. The low weight and compact turret is easily installable on a tracked chassis, vessel or wheeled armoured vehicles in the 6×6/8×8 class.

“Kongsberg’s track record of high-end weapon system production is highly regarded, this along with their established manufacturing facilities and U.S. wide supply chain made teaming with Kongsberg a logical choice for Patria. Together, we provide the most advanced, protected and mobile 120mm mortar system produced alongside Remote Weapon Stations and Medium Caliber Turrets in the Johnstown, PA, facility”, said Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria’s Land Business Unit.