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The 120 mm GPS-Guided Mortar bomb
(120GM) employs a weapon-grade hardened
GPS and Internal Navigation System (INS)
module, guiding the bomb in flight to hit the
target’s coordinates, which are preloaded to the
bomb before firing.
The 120GM is designed for 120 mm Mortar
Systems and is effective against infantry troops,
Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs), as well as
fortified structures and bunkers.
In addition, the 120GM provides the Infantry
with a lethal, surgical strike capability to
destroy targets beyond line of sight. The point-
target accuracy minimizes the number of bombs
needed per mission, in comparison to standard
mortar bombs, thus ultimately reducing the
logistics tail. The “Hornet” is configured to
carry 22 120 mm mortar rounds.
The combination between the high mobility
of the ATV and the smart mortar round
gives fighting units the capability to react
immediately and accurately to enemy targets.
The system can still operate with ordinary
“dumb” rounds and then the aiming process
is based mainly on the laser rangefinder and
directional and elevation data.
According to IMI, the Hornet can be
parachute-dropped from heavy helicopters
like the Sikorsky CH-53 . This capability is
essential when the fighting units are parachuted
in the combat area, or cannot take the mortars
with them even on a mobile platform like the
The IMI source said that while the “Hornet is
now being offered with regular mortar rounds,
it will soon be available to potential clients
when the guided mortar ammunition comes
on line. It is estimated that the development
process will be completed in about a year.
IMI is a great believer in their advanced
mortar rounds and hopes that the IDF will be
among the first of many customers. v
“Hornet” firing sequence with Polaris vehicle in the background
“Hornet is now being offered with
regular mortar rounds, it will soon
be available to potential clients
when the guided mortar ammunition
comes on line. It is estimated that
the development process will be
completed in about a year”.
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