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Advanced Mortar Bombs are under advanced development stage for the US Army. XM984 Extended Range Mortar Cartridge (ERMC) is currently under development by Talley Defense systems for the US Army 120MM M120/M121 mortar system. A conventinal M934 bomb fired from this system will reach a maximum range of 7,200 Metres. The XM984 is expected to almost double that range to reach 12,000 Metres. The range extension being produced by a nose-mounted rocket motor that cuts in at a predetermined point during the bombs trajectory. The rocket will fire 12 seconds after the launch, and burn for a period of four seconds. After a predesinated delay, 54 M80 grenades will be released from the bomb effecting a target area 233% larger than a HE bomb.
Originally posted by ADVISOR
Article from the February 1996 Popular Mechanics Magazine;
Mortar Attack With Precision "Piccatinny Arsenal, NJ- Given the Pentagon's fondness for "smart" weapons, it's not surprising that brains are coming to even the lowly mortar.