M224 Mortar
M224 Mortar

Mission
Provide long-range indirect fire support to airborne, air assault, light infantry, mountain, and special operations forces.

Entered Army Service
1978

Description and Specifications
The M224 is a high-angle weapon used for close-in support of ground troops. The M224 system consists of the M25 Cannon (tube), M170 Bipod, M7 Baseplate for conventional mode firing or M8 Baseplate for hand-held mode firing , and the M64A1 Sight Unit. This smooth bore system can be gravity-fired or fired by using a manual spring-loaded firing system.

Cannon length: 40 in (1.02 m)
Maximum range: 3,490 m (conventional); 1,340 (handheld)
Minimum range: 70 m (conventional); 75 m (handheld)
Weight: 48 lbs (conventional firing mode)
18 lbs (hand-held firing mode)
Rate of fire:

(dependent on ammunition round fired)
Max --18-30 per minute for 1 to 4 minutes
Sustained -- 8 to 20 per minute

Ammunition High-explosive / multioption fuze, high-explosive point detonating fuze, white phosphorous/smoke, and illumination
Crew: 3

Manufacturer
Multiple

Point of Contact
Office of the Chief of Public Affairs
Media Relations Division
1500 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-1500
703.697.7592 / 7591

 

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