M224 60mm Mortar
Barrel Length: 1 m (3.3 ft.)
Weight: 21.1 kg (47 lbs.)
Rate of Fire: Maximum – 30 rpm, Sustained – 20 rpm
Maximum Effective Range: 2.17 m
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The M224 60mm lightweight mortar is a muzzle-loading, smoothbore weapon that is typically used for the close-in support of ground troops. It is ideally suited to support airborne, air assault, mountain, ranger, and light infantry forces. The M224 replaced the older World War II-era M2 and M19 mortars, as these weapons had only 2,200 yards of effective range. The M224 60mm was designed to fire all of the older types of ammunitions, but it primarily fires news, longer-range rounds.
This mortar composed of the barrel, a combination base cap, and the firing mechanism. The mount is made up of a bipod and base plate with a screw-type elevating and traversing mechanism. The M64 sight may be attached to the bipod mount with a standard dovetail. The M224 60mm may be drop-fired (conventional mode) or trigger-fired (conventional or hand-held mode). A lightweight auxiliary baseplate must be used when firing the mortar in hand-held mode.
M224 60mm mortars can fire the following kinds of ammunition:
- High Explosive (HE) – Designations M888, M720, and M720A1
- Smoke Cartridge (WP) – Designation M722
- Illumination (ILLUM)
- Training Practice (TP) – Designation M50A2/A3
- Red Phosphorus
- Full-Range Practice Cartridges (FRPC) – Designation M769
- M1061 MAPAM
There are three fuse types used with M224 rounds, including the Multi-option Fuse (M734), the Point-Detonating Fuse (M525), and the Timer Fuse.
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