The Soltam M-65 is a 120mm mortar, invented by Tampella in 1953 with the introduction of a new 120 Krh/40 baseplate designed by Hans Otto Donner. In the 1960s, Israel's Soltam Systems purchased the license.
The mortar system is available in two versions, the standard mortar and the long-range version.
This heavy mortar is light enough to be hoisted, parachute dropped or carried in APCs such as the M113 armored personnel carrier. It can also be towed as a normal artillery piece and even hand-carried if necessary.
The wheels on the cabin are the same as the M151 Jeep, with steering rings to make maneuvering easier. All components are chrome-plated or stainless steel to resist wear and corrosion.
Year of Service
120mm infantry heavy mortar
Soltam Systems - Israel
Honduras; Iran; Israel; Singapore; South Africa; Turkey; USA
Ability to suppress enemy elements at a distance using direct or indirect fire.
Smoothbore; Muzzle Load
Single shot; reusable
Maximum efficiency. Arrived
(9,498 m | 10,387 m)
Rate of fire
Number of revolutions
K5 - base series name K5A7 - long range version M65 - alternative name M3 Mk. DM1064M1129