Public joint-stock company Plant Mayak (Kyiv), part of Ukroboronprom State Concern, is preparing for batch production of new 60mm calibre mortars Kamerton designed to meet NATO technical standards AQAP-2000.
At the presentation of a sample on Thursday in Kyiv Mayak Director Oleksandr Perehudov said that batch production of new Kamerton mortars is scheduled for August after finishing tests by the customer.
"This year we will start supplying mortars to the armed forces," he said.
According to the designer, the new mortar designed under an order of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine had two versions: for infantry and landing troops. The infantry mortar's destruction range is 3.7 kilometres and that for landing troops – up to 1 kilometre. 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 meets the tasks to replace imports: new artillery was designed using only Ukrainian-made materials and elements. The new weapon is one of the first designs of the Ukrainian defence industry meeting NATO technical standards AQAP-2000, he said.
The Plant Mayak designs, produces, sells, repairs, modernises and disposes of weapons and military equipment, carry out research and design works. Since July 2012, the plant joined Ukroboronprom State Concern.