Artillery / Mortars / M30

M30

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Mortar

  • ORIGIN
    United States

  • NICKNAMES
    M30F1 (Norwegian production)

  • DESIGNED
    Late 1940's

  • DESIGNER
    ?

  • PRODUCTION
    1951 - ?

  • PRODUCERS
    Norway - Kongsberg
    United States

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good range
    Resonable rate of fire
    Very heavy
    Stability issues

Introduction

The M30 is a conventional muzzle loaded, drop fired, rifled 107mm mortar. It was developed in the United States after World War 2 to replace the older M2 with a weapon with more range.

Design

The design of the M30 is similar to the M2. The M30 is unusual in a way that it does not use a bipod but a single strut on a square footing.

Firepower

The M30 is able to fire most ammunition used by the earlier M2, but a newer range of ammunition was developed to provide increased range. The maximum range is 6.8 km. The maximum rate of fire is 18 rounds per minute, sustained rate of fire is 3 rounds per minute.

Mobility

As the M30 is very heavy many have been fitted on a turntable within a modified M113 armored personnel carrier called the M106.

Users

The M30 replaced the lighter M2 in US service and was actively used in the Vietnam War. The M30 was in turn replaced in US service by the M120, but many remain in service throughout the world.

Variants

M30

The M30 is a 107mm mortar of conventional design. It is muzzle loaded and drop fired. The M30 is unusual in a way that it does not use a bipod but a single strut on a square footing. As the M30 is very heavy many have been fitted on a turntable within a modified M113 armored personnel carrier called the M106.

  • Specifications:
  • M30
TypeMortar
Crew?
Ordnance107mm rifled mortar, 1.52 m tube
Elevation+40 to +65°
Traverse7° left and right, 360° on baseplate
Rate of fire18 rpm (max), 9 rpm (normal), 3 rpm (sustained)
Range870 m to 5.65 km
Carriage-
Weight305 kg (firing position)
Length?
Width?
Height?
Towing vehicle-
Speed-
Remarks-

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