51mm Light Mortar

The 51 mm light mortar is a weapon that can be carried and fired by one man, and is normally found in the Manoeuvre Support Section of a British Army Infantry Platoon. The Platoon mortar is used to fire Smoke, Illuminating or HE bombs out to a range of 750 metres. A short range insert device can also be fitted to allow the weapon to be used in close quarter battle situations with some accuracy.

The 51 mm light mortar has a calibre of 51.25 mm, a barrel length of 750 mm and weighs complete 6,275 kg. This mortar has an extremely rapid rate of fire (8 rpm).

The 51mm light mortar of which there are some 2,093 in service replaced the older 1940s 2-inch mortar.

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