Soltam K5 (M65) History

The Soltam M-65 is a 120 mm mortar that was developed by Tampella in 1953 via introduction of new baseplate for 120 Krh/40 invented by Hans Otto Donner. In 1960s Soltam Systems of Israel bought a license. The mortar system comes in two versions, a standard mortar and a long-range version.

This heavy mortar is light enough to be transported by helicopter sling load, drop by parachute or carried in an APC such as the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier. It can also be towed as a normal artillery piece or even manhandled if necessary. The wheels on the carriage are the same as fitted to the M151 Jeep, and have handling rings to aid in manhandling it. All components are made of chrome-plated or stainless steel to resist wear and corrosion.

Soltam K5 (M65) Specification

BASICS

Service Year

1955

Origin

Israel

Classification

120mm Infantry Heavy Mortar

MANUFACTURER(S)

Soltam Systems - Israel

OPERATORS

Honduras; Iran; Israel; Singapore; South Africa; Turkey; United States

ROLES

Fire Support

Capable of suppressing enemy elements at range through direct or in-direct fire.

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

Empty Wgt

595. 25 lb

270. 00 kg

Sights

Integrated Optics.

ACTION

Smoothbore; Muzzle-Loading

(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)

CARTRIDGE & FEED

Caliber(s)*

120mm

Sample Visuals**

Rounds / Feed

Single-Shot; Reusable

*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources. **Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.

PERFORMANCE

Max Eff. Range

31,160 ft

(9,498 m | 10,387 yd)

Rate-of-Fire

16

rds/min

VARIANTS

K5 - Base Series DesignationK5A7 - Longer-range versionM65 - Alternative DesignationM3 Mk. DM1064M1129

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