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Rheinmetall and its joint venture company Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) presented the demonstrator of a boxer with an 81mm mortar mission module for the first time today in London at the DSEI 2021 trade fair.

The "new prototype mission module was developed and built in Great Britain by an experienced team of engineers and specialists from RBSL's Telford location," announced Rheinmetall in a press release. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the versatility of the Boxer platform and thus its ability to meet specific customer requirements.

The "81mm Mortar Weapon System (MWS81)" developed by Rheinmetall is used as the weapon system for the mortar prototype. According to Rheinmetall, the semi-automatic MWS81 has a small number of mechanical parts, which is reflected in greater reliability.

DSEi 2021: Boxer mit MWS81-Mörser-Missionsmodul vorgestellt

The aiming of the weapon system is automated, loading is done by hand. All types of 81 mm mortars can be fired, including high explosive (HE), smoke and flare ammunition. “The versatile boxer steep-fire variant also makes it possible to equip customer-specific mortar tubes and fire control computers for fully autonomous applications (according to the“ human-in-the-loop principle ”, the fire is not released autonomously). The MWS81 also has an emergency operation function. The company writes in its announcement that the system can continue to fire even in the event of failures or malfunctions.

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