​Lithuania Handed Over Heavy Mortars to Ukraine: What Could Be the Options

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Panzermörser M113 Self-propelled mortars of Lithuanian Army, illustrative photo from open sources
Panzermörser M113 Self-propelled mortars of Lithuanian Army, illustrative photo from open sources

The Lithuanian army has more than fifty mortars of three tipes in its arsenal. Every of the mortars will be useful for the Armed Forces of Ukraine in their own way helping to eliminate russian occupiers on Ukrainian soil

Lithuanian National Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas announced that his country had handed over "heavy mortars" to Ukraine. The cost of all military assistance to Kyiv is tens of millions of euros, Arvydas Anusauskas said.

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Lithuanian military practicing mortar shooting, illustrative photo from open sources

"We gave Ukraine help in form of heavy mortars, I won't name a number, but we definitely donated more than one," Anusauskas told BNS news agency.

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According to him, not only Stinger man-portable air-defense system have already been transferred to Ukraine, but also other air defense systems, anti-tank weapons, ammunition, grenades, machine guns, communications equipment, and so on. "It's hard to name everything. A month ago, I calculated that there were 35 positions in various types," the Lithuanian defense minister said.

According to him, the residual value of all the assistance provided reaches tens of millions of euros.

Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas, Lithuania Handed Over Heavy Mortars to Ukraine: What Could Be the Options, Defense Express
Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas: Lithuania hands over heavy mortars to Ukraine

But Lithuanian National Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas did not disclose the number of "heavy mortars" sent to Ukraine. The were no information on what kind of model they are.

What kind of heavy mortars Lithuania could hand over to Ukraine - we will find out if we open The Military Balance for 2021.

The Lithuanian Army has only 57 mortars at its disposal, all of them are in 120 mm caliber.The Lithuanians have at their disposal 20 Soviet-made 2B11 mortars (and here it is logical to assume that this is the type of mortar Lithuania provided to the Armed Forces of Ukraine). Characteristics of 2B11 mortars are the following: weight - 210 kilograms, firing rate - 12-15 shots / minute, firing range - from 0.46 to 7.18 kilometers.

Soviet-tipe 2B11 mortar, Lithuania Handed Over Heavy Mortars to Ukraine, What Could Be the Options,Defense Express
Soviet-tipe 2B11 mortar, illustrative photo from open sources

However, Lithuanians also have 22 units of the rather "exotic" M / 41D mortar (in open sources it may also be referred to as Krh / 40). The 120 Krh/40 first entered service in 1940 after being ordered the prior year by Finland. It was also exported to Sweden between 1941 and 1944 and later produced under license in Sweden. Such mortars are currently in service only in Lithuanian and Estonian Army. The stated rate of fire - up to 20 shots / minute, the stated range - up to 5.3 km.

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Swedish M/41D mortar, illustrative photo from open sources

Lithuania also has 120 mm self-propelled mortars, and it is to be hoped that Ukraine has received such artillery systems.

The Military Balance for 2021 indicates that the Lithuanian Army is armed with 15 self-propelled mortars, designated as M113 with Tampella. It seems that this is a German Panzermörser M113, equipped with a 120-mm mortar from the Finnish company Tampella. The stated range is up to 6.5 km.

Panzermörser M113 self-propelled mortars are in servise of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Lithuania Handed Over Heavy Mortars to Ukraine, What Could Be the Options, Defense Express
Panzermörser M113 self-propelled mortars are in servise of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, illustrative photo from open sources

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