Public joint-stock company Plant Mayak (Kyiv), part of Ukroboronprom State Concern, is preparing for batch production of new 60mm caliber mortars “Kamerton” designed to meet NATO technical standards AQAP-2000.
At the presentation of a sample Mayak Director Oleksandr Perehudov said that batch production of new Kamerton mortars was scheduled for August after finishing tests by the customer.
“This year we will start supplying mortars to the armed forces”, he said.
The new mortar designed under an order of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine has two versions: for infantry and landing troops. The infantry mortar’s destruction range is 3.7 kilometers and that for landing troops – up to 1 kilometer. The mortar makes 12 shots per minute. The weight of infantry mortar is 19 kg and for landing troops – 8 kg.
Perehudov said that a new 60mm ground blast fragmentation mine was designed for the mortar. It is being tested. He said that the new mortar met the tasks to replace imports: new artillery was designed using only Ukrainian-made materials and elements. The new weapon was one of the first designs of the Ukrainian defense industry meeting NATO technical standards AQAP-2000, he said.
Plant Mayak designs, produces, sells, repairs, modernizes and disposes of weapons and military equipment, carries out research and design works. In July 2012, the plant joined Ukroboronprom State Concern. (Interfax/Business World Magazine)