Elbit Systems is validating through live-fire tests what it claims is the world’s first “pocket artillery” heavy mortar system for elite infantry and spec ops forces.

Mounted on Humvees and jeeps, Spear mates light vehicle tactical agility with rapid-firing, autonomously operated 120mm mortars for lethal, low-signature maneuvering missions.

It’s a compact version of the firm’s Cardom — known here as Keshet — 120mm self-propelled mortar system operated by the US Army on Stryker vehicles and on M113 carriers deployed by Israeli infantry battalions and in organic support of Israeli armored battalions. […]