Developments in mobile mortar & precision mortar platforms certainly require some attention - IMHO.
If a self propelled turreted system is out of the question? And modifying existing vehicles provides too greater engineering challenge then trailer mounted options should be investigated. 120mm mortar combined with PGMM provides a relatively simple, low-cost, precision-indirect fire weapon.
They would provide organic precision (1m accuracy) weapons to deployed infantry and motorized forces that are dependably available and immediately responsive, able to neutralize time urgent protected targets. They would also be Air deployable and have a small political footprint.
US have a cost goal of $15K per round for the M395 PGMM (h**p://www.dtic.mil/ndia/ammo/cilli.pdf). This provides a reasonable ?bang for buck? and should this prove unattainable there are alternative PGMM?s being developed all around the world.
Something like the towed Dragon-fire II or conventional 120mm with the M326 & M1101trailer (or alternative) could easily be integrated into the Bushmaster package; and with the M395 provide a battle ready solution to precision indirect fire.
Lack of previous training with 120mm mortar could prove a minor huddle for Australia; however, it is likely the troops on the ground would be keen to quickly to acquire these skills, given the ?one-shot defeat? potential of these systems.
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