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M224 60mm Mortar System Training for ANA
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Live Comms: How To Mortar (M224) Like A BOSS (BF3)
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Published: 2011/11/17
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Battlefield 3 - M224 Mortar laying waste to campers in Operation Metro
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Published: 2011/10/25
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BF3: 5 in 1 M224 Mortar Strike
BF3: 5 in 1 M224 Mortar Strike
Published: 2012/01/03
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Published: 2013/01/29
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American soldiers load and fire an M224 60 mm Light Mortar as part of their train...HD Stock Footage
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Published: 2014/05/20
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M224 mortar
60mm mortar round being launch (crop).jpg
Type Mortar
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1978[1]
Used by United States
Wars Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Specifications
Weight 21.1 kilograms (47 lb)
Barrel length 1 meter (3.3 feet)
Crew 3

Caliber 60 mm (2.4 in)
Rate of fire up to 20 rpm sustained, 30 rpm in exceptional circumstances and for short periods
Effective firing range HE: 70–3,490 m
(76–3,816 yds)
Feed system manual

The M224 60 mm Lightweight Mortar is a smooth bore, muzzle-loading, high-angle-of-fire weapon used for close-in support of ground troops.

Description[edit]

The M224 system is composed of the

  • M225 Cannon: 14.4 lb (7 kg)
  • M170 Bipod: 15.2 lb (7 kg)
  • M7A1 Baseplate for use in conventional mode: 9.6 lb (4 kg) or
    • M8 baseplate for use in handheld mode: 3.6 lb (2 kg)
  • M64A1 Sight Unit: 2.5 lb (1 kg)

The mount consists of a bipod and a base plate, which is provided with screw type elevating and traversing mechanisms to elevate/traverse the mortar. The M64A1 sight unit is attached to the bipod mount. The mortar can be fired in the conventional mode or the handheld mode. This smooth-bore system can be gravity-fired or fired by using a manual spring-loaded firing system.

It is typically fielded at the infantry company level.

History[edit]

The M225 LWCMS (Lightweight Company Mortar System) replaced the older (WWII-era) 60 mm M2 Mortar and M19 Mortar. These weapons only had an effective range of 2,000 m (2,187 yd). While the M224 was designed to fire all types of the older ammunition, its primary rounds are of the newer, longer-range type that range out to 3,489 m (3,816 yd).

In 2011, an improved M224A1 version was brought into service. The M224A1 consists of the M225A1 tube, M170A1 bipod assembly, M7A1 baseplate, M8 auxiliary baseplate and the M64A1 sight unit. By reducing the number of components and using lighter materials, such as aluminium and Kevlar reinforced composites, the mortar system weighs 20% less with a reduction of 9.3 lb (4 kg). The US Army plans to replace all legacy M224s with the new M224A1.[2][3] Concurrently, a lighter version of the 81mm M252 mortar was also developed.

Ammunition[edit]

The M224 Mortar can fire the following principal classifications of training and service ammunition:

  • High explosive (HE): Designations M888, M720, and M720A1. Used against personnel and light material targets.
  • Smoke Cartridge (WP): Designation M722. Used as a screening, signaling, or marking munition.[5]
  • Illumination (ILLUM): Used in night missions requiring illumination for assistance in observation.
  • Training practice (TP): Designation M50A2/A3. Used for training in limited areas. These rounds are obsolete and not used anymore.
  • Red Phosphorus: Which can be seen with or without a Night Vision Optic
  • Full Range Practice Cartridges (FRPC): Designation M769. This round is used for practice or clearing misfires.
  • M1061 MAPAM: SAAB Technologies produced Multi-Purpose Anti-Personnel Anti-Material round.

Fuzes[edit]

The M224 rounds have three fuze types: The Multioption Fuze (M734), the Point-Detonating Fuze (M525), and Timer fuze. The M734 is used for the M720 HE round and can be set to function as proximity burst, near-surface burst, impact burst, or delay burst.

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