The Israel military on Sunday unveiled “Iron Sting” precise, laser and GPS guided mortar munition.
The integration of “Iron Sting” in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), corresponds to the vision presented in the military’s “Tnufa” multi-year plan, Elbit Systems said in a statement.
“Ten years of research and development have led us to this moment when we can provide the IDF’s ground forces with advanced capabilities made for the modern battlefield. This laser and GPS- guided mortar munition provides troops with a precise firing capability that has only been implemented in missiles and air munition thus far,” Head of Research and Development in the DDR&D, Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem, said.
The 120 mm mortar has recently undergone final trials in a testing site in southern Israel. The completion of testing enables the start of serial production ahead of the system’s supply to the IDF.
The series of tests was carried out using two networked cardom mortar systems that were developed by Elbit Systems: a “cardom” system, mounted on an M113 APC and a “cardom spear” system, mounted on a Hummer 4X4 SUV. The Iron Sting is designed to engage targets precisely, in both open terrains and urban environments, while reducing the possibility of collateral damage and preventing injury to non-combatants. Its operational use will revolutionize ground warfare and equip battalions with organic, accurate and effective firepower.