Brandt 60 mm LR Gun-mortar
|Brandt Long-Range Gun-Mortar|
|Place of origin||France|
|Weight||75 kilograms (165 lb)|
|Length||1.8 metres (5 ft 11 in)|
|Barrel length||1.80m (70in)|
|Shell weight||2.2 kilograms (4.9 lb)|
|Caliber||60 millimetres (2.4 in)|
|Elevation||-11° to +75°|
|Traverse||Depends on mounting; up to 360°|
|Rate of fire||10 rpm|
|Muzzle velocity||250 metres per second (820 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||4,000 metres (4,400 yd)|
The Brandt 60 mm Long Range gun-mortar is a breech loading mortar capable of flat-trajectory firing like a gun. It is solely used as the armament of light armoured vehicles, such as armoured personnel carriers (APCs) or IFVs, to give them a useful anti-armour capability.
The French-made Brandt 60 mm LR Gun-mortar is a very unusual mortar, which is capable of firing like a gun. It is a smoothbore weapon that uses the same fin-stabilized bombs as normal 60 mm infantry mortars. These bombs can be breech-loaded within the vehicle on which the mortar is mounted, or drop-loaded in the usual mortar fashion.
The Gun-mortar can fire the standard infantry 60 mm bomb; but, to give the weapon increased anti-armour capability, it is also provided with a high-velocity fin-stabilized armour-piercing shot and a fin-stabilized shaped-charge bomb.
Brandt's 60mm gun-mortar has been exported widely with the AML-60 series of Panhard armoured cars. Besides France, it has traditionally been in use with South Africa, Portugal, Algeria, Nigeria, Chad, Iraq, Ireland, Cambodia, and Ethiopia. Several nations may have acquired them from second-hand sources.
In South African service, the mortar is scheduled to be replaced by the DLS M10 BLLR, a conceptually similar—if somewhat longer ranged—armament produced by Denel Land Systems.
|Panhard AML-60||Panhard||France||Brandt 60 mm LR||Algeria, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Iraq, Ireland, Kenya, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Zaire, others|
|Eland-60||Sandock-Austral||South Africa||Denel Model K1||South Africa, Zimbabwe|
|Ratel-60||Land Systems OMC||South Africa||Denel Model K1||South Africa, Rwanda|
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- Hogg, Ian (2000). Twentieth-Century Artillery. Friedman/Fairfax Publishers. ISBN 1-58663-299-X Pg.166