M1129 Stryker Mortar Carrier
The MC provides accurate and lethal high angle fire to support operations in complex terrain and
urban environments. The MC accommodates a 120mm mortar system that fires a full family of mortar ammunition (HE, illumination, IR illumination, smoke, precision guided, and Dual Purpose Improve Conventional Munitions (DPICM)) while mounted.
The mortar section is the rifle company's primary indirect fire support element. The section consists of ten soldiers organized in two mortar crews; each crew is equipped with a 120-mm mortar mounted on a specially equipped mortar carrier (MC). The MC allows for rapid and flexible delivery of indirect fires and increased responsiveness through rapid maneuver in support of company operations. Each crew is also equipped with a 60-mm mortar, which enables the section to provide a more lightweight dismounted mortar system to meet the requirements of a traditional light infantry mission (such as infiltration). With the exception of having two mortar systems rather than four, the mortar section provides the company commander with the same indirect fire capabilities that the battalion mortar platoon provides to the battalion commander. The man-portable nature of the mortar systems gives the company commander a flexible and robust indirect fire capability. Due to crew limitations, only one system (60-mm or 120-mm) can be employed at a given time.
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