Brandt 60mm LR Gun-mortar

Brandt Long-Range Gun-Mortar
Type Mortar
Place of origin  France
Production history
Designer Edgar Brandt
Specifications
Weight 75 kilograms (165 lb)
Length 1.8 metres (5 ft 11 in)

Shell weight 2.2 kilograms (4.9 lb)
Caliber 60 millimetres (2.4 in)
Elevation -11° to +75°
Traverse Depends on mounting; up to 360°
Rate of fire 10 rpm
Muzzle velocity 250 metres per second (820 ft/s)
Effective range 4,000 metres (4,400 yd)

The Brandt 60 mm Long Range gun-mortar is a breech loading mortar capable of flat-trajectory firing like a gun. It is solely used as the armament of light armoured vehicles, such as armoured personnel carriers (APCs) or IFVs, to give them a useful anti-armour capability.

Description

The French-made Brandt 60 mm LR Gun-mortar is a very unusual mortar, which is capable of firing like a gun. It is a smoothbore weapon that uses the same fin-stabilized bombs as normal 60 mm infantry mortars. These bombs can be breech-loaded within the vehicle on which the mortar is mounted, or drop-loaded in the usual mortar fashion.

Ammunition

The Gun-mortar can fire the standard infantry 60 mm bomb; but, to give the weapon increased anti-armour capability, it is also provided with a high-velocity fin-stabilized armour-piercing shot and a fin-stabilized shaped-charge bomb.

See also

References

  • Hogg, Ian (2000). Twentieth-Century Artillery. Friedman/Fairfax Publishers. ISBN 1-58663-299-X
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