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John Crosby | Atterbury-Muscatatuck Public Affairs

Fort Wayne soldiers fire new mortar systems

Atterbury-Public Affairs Office
A 120mm mortar leaves the tube, fired by soldiers from Fort Wayne.

Story as written by John Crosby of Atterbury-Muscatatuck Public Affairs:

EDINBURGH, Ind. – Indiana National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry Regiment, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind., fire a variety of mortar systems during drill at Atterbury-Muscatatuck, near Edinburgh, Ind., July 12 and 13. The first of these systems was the lightweight, man-portable 60mm mortar, used at the company level by gunners embedded in infantry platoons.

Second was the larger, crew-served 81mm mortar system, which provides greater range and lethality. Finally, the newest addition to the Indiana National Guard's mortar units and the largest mortar system in the U.S. arsenal is the 120mm mortar, equipped with the Mortar Fire Control System.

This system includes GPS and calculates ballistic trajectories for Soldiers, making the mortar system more accurate by eliminating human error. This system, previously only available to vehicle mounted 120mm mortar systems, has been issued to Indiana light infantrymen within the past year.

These Soldiers, part of Indiana's 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fired a variety of ammunition including high explosives, smoke and illumination rounds.

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