POTD: Live Fire with 120 mm Mortars

    Today we have a look at the artificial Battlefield at eFP Battle Group in Latvia, where troops from the Czech Republic conduct a live fire exercise with 120 mm mortars.

    Somewhere further down there are going to be big holes, and/or a lot of fragments, from these massive 120 mm rounds.

    If my Google-fu skills are any good, this is the Mortar used by the Chech Republic.

    Mortar 120 mm PRAM L, type 82

    A smooth barrel mortar; it is an artillery weapon designed to be used against enemy manpower, his fire positions, light shelters and trenches. It is also known as “M M1982” under international classification.

    Unlike its predecessor (82 mm mortar type 52), the PRAM L mortar 120 mm type 82 is a vehicle-towed weapon system. It can be easily detached from its mounting and prepared for firing.

    Basic Technical Data

    • Towed weight: 240 kg

    • Combat weight: 178 kg

    • Crew: 3

    • Length of barrel: 1,700 mm

    • Line of elevation: +40° up to +85°

    • Line of traverse: ±8°

    • Minimum firing distance: 250 m

    • Maximum range: 8,000 m

    • Rate of fire: 10 to 12 rounds per minute

    • Weight of mine: 16 kg

    The 120 mm grenades are absolutely massive. The rifle looks like a CZ 805 Bren.

    POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s daily (we try at least) article with a special photo, or photos, relating to the World of Firearms in some kind.

    We don’t do mortars too often, but when we do they’re the best mortars in the World. What do you think?