ballistic mortar

ballistic mortar

[bə′lis·tik ′mȯrd·ər]
(ordnance)
A heavy, short-barreled mortar, pendulum-mounted, for determining the relative power of explosives; a small sample of a test explosive is placed in the detonation chamber and a projectile is located forward of the charge; upon detonation the projectile is driven into a sand bank and the mortar swings through an arc; a marker records the maximum weight of the test explosive required to produce the same rise as 10 grams of TNT.
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PERM, which is a Marine Corps program, is a ballistic mortar introduced from the Expeditionary Fire Support System, and can be guided to hit specific targets.
PERM solution of Raytheon utilizes Global Positioning System Guidance in order to raise the weapon's accuracy, and boasts twice the range of contemporary ballistic mortars.
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