LLR 81mm

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Mortier de 81mm léger long renforcé
Mortier 81 LLR 03.jpg
LLR 81mm mortar of the 2e REI
Type Mortar
Place of origin  France
Service history
In service French Army
Used by

French Army

Irish Army
Wars Afghanistan War, Operation Serval
Specifications
Weight 45.2 kg (100 lb) (total)
18.3 kg (40 lb) (barrel)
12.6 kg (28 lb) (bipod)
14.6 kg (32 lb) (base)
Barrel length 1,639 mm (5 ft 4.5 in)
Crew 5 men

Calibre 81 mm (3.2 in)
Rate of fire 12 to 20 rpm.
Effective firing range

3,100 m (3,400 yd) with model 1944 shell.

5,600 m (6,100 yd) with special ammunition.

The Mortier de 81mm léger long renforcé (LLR 81 mm) is a mortar used by the French Army. Introduced in 1997, it is the latest iteration of the TDA 81 mm light mortar family.

The original TDA 81 mm was designed in 1961. Since then, three variants have been fielded:

  • the 81mm LC (Léger court, "light short"), with a 1.15-metre barrel;
  • the 81mm LL (Léger long, "light long"), with a 1.55-metre barrel;
  • the 81mm LLR (Léger long renforcé, "light long reinforced"), paratrooper version with a 1.55-metre barrel.

The LLR 81mm is composed of a base plate, a barrel comprising the breech, and a bipod. It can use the same pointing optics as the MO-120-RT-61.

The LLR 81mm is a paratrooper weapon, which can be parachuted either piece by piece, in a kit comprising a dismantled weapon and ammunition, or in larger crates comprising several weapons. The barrel was reinforced so as to allow firing of all existing 81 mm mortar ammunition.

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