WEAPONS TRANSFERRED TO THE SAUDI-LED COALITION AND EMPLOYED IN THE CONFLICT IN YEMEN (2015-ongoing)
Alakran 120mm Mortar Launcher
|WEAPON NAME||Alakran 120mm Mortar Launcher|
The Alakran is a 120/81 mm bivalent mortar system embedded in a 4x4 vehicle developed by NTGS. The system can be transported hidden under the vehicle canvas. Once the chosen settlement has been reached, the mortar is deployed and driven into the ground using a hydraulic system. The time spent in interlocking, aiming, firing, and raising the weapon is a few seconds. It has an electronic aiming system and motorized aiming of the weapon. → ntgs.es/morteroembarcado
New Technologies Global Systems (NTGS), Collado Villalba (Madrid), SPAIN → ntgs.es
Saudi Arabia signed a deal with the NTGS for the procurement of 100 Alakran 120 mm Mortar System mounted in a pick up vehicle. Saudi Arabia’s Border Guard has revealed itself as an operator of the 120 mm Alakran rapid-deployment mortar when it displayed the system during the Al-Janadriyah Festival, an annual cultural event in the kingdom. The Alakran is a 120 mm mortar with a range of up to 8.2 km. It can be integrated onto a range of wheeled platforms that have a stated maximum payload of 1.5 tonnes without any need for structural reinforcements.
Transfer of Alakran 120mm from Spain to Saudi Arabia
|Alakran 120mm||Self-propelled mortar||2016||100||2017-2018||100||For border guard|
After many years of neglect, an increasing number of users are now placing growing emphasis on their mortar systems, as for most infantry battalions these are the only indirect fire weapons under their direct control and can therefore rapidly respond to calls for fire support. Recent mortar developments include 120mm turret-mounted mortars which can be integrated onto tracked and wheeled armoured platforms, and can be used for both the direct and indirect fire missions. There is also a new generator of mortars that can be installed on light cross-country vehicles. The Spanish NTGS ALAKRAN Light Mortar Carrier (LMC) is already in service in the Middle East integrated on a Toyota LAND CRUISER 4×4 platform, with the Ukraine also deploying the system integrated into a BARS 8 4×4 armoured personnel carrier.
|IDENTIFICATION||Saudi Arabia border guards are seen firing the Spanish mortars (January 2020)|
|GEOLOCATION||3km from the border with Yemen → 17°33'17.9"N 43°30'35.5"E|
(Verified Investigation → EUArms Project + elDiario.es + Greenpeace)