You score extra points for knowing the "3 inch" mortar was actually 81mm
Well, local designation "Mortar, 81mm Mk.1/2/3* (e) was kinda giveaway.
*Apparently there were 3 versions and they survived until 1990s in war storages, being reworked to 82mm in the '60s (as with all other 81mm mortars, whole process only included removing 0.3mm from the inside of the tube on the lathe, since 81mm mortars are 81.4mm anyway).
So yugo conversion to the soviet 82 mm bombs. makes sense to standardize on one type. That the brits are still without 120 mm moratas may have to do that LK118 105 mm light guins are in service and that there is maybe some interservice envy going on, that would put 120 mm mortars under the Royal Artillery?
France - heavy lift helicopters
Actually the Armee de l'air is looking ard at buying one. Maybe standing up a joint unit with Germany like the C-130J unit.
Intresting stuff the chief of french air force says there.
No Army AAA. the half dozen LeFlaSys Ozelot (Igla or Stinger) are under Luftwaffe control, as are MIM-104 Patriots. Roland and Gepard have been scrapped or sold. the handful of MANTIS systems are also Luftwaffe and not mobile.
No self-propelled mortars for the Panzerbrigades. There is only the half dozen Wiesel 2 mortar carriers that are attached to the Artillerielehrbattaillon. they have to make do with nothing or the old worn out Tampella 120mm mortars.
No proper modern radio sets, they have to make do with the old SEM-70 -80 -90 series mostly and adhoc bought PRC-117 series to talk to others. Real fun when actually deployed abroad to juggle the different radios signalmen tell me.
All of these are mostly budgeting and project management shortcomings. And teh myopic expectation that the next conflict looks like the last one. In the German case the expeditionary warfare that has been waged in the last nearly twenty years.
Edited by Panzermann, 19 June 2019 - 1015 AM.