MO 120 MM RT MORTARS IN SAHELIAN SKY/
January 17th, 2015, the Mortar Fire Support Platoon of the Desert Tactical Grouping East of the French BARKHANE Force conducted an airlift exercise of 120 mm Rifled/Towed ( RT) Mortars under Transport Helicopter (TH) CARACAL.
The transport of mortars and ammunitions under sling or in the cabin of the THs is a know-how conceived and finalized for a long time by the French 35th Paratrooper Artillery Regiment of TARBES (Ariège / France). It turns out quite particularly useful when is a question of marking a shift of effort between two very distant operation zones and when a mortar fire support can make the difference on the tactical level.
To know more about this exercise, please have a look on http://www.defense.gouv.fr/actualites/communaute-defense/operation-barkhane-entrainement-au-sling-de-la-section-d-appui-mortier-du-gtd-est