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Hirtenberger M6C (Commando)


Lightweight 60mm Infantry Mortar


Austria | 2006



"Hirtenberger of Austria produces the M6C Commando infantry light mortar which is in use by a handful of global operators."



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For modern day warplanners, it remains a running challenge to arm the common infantryman with a useful indirect Line-of-Sight (LoS) weapon. Hirtenberger of Austria markets its M6C "Commando" mortar for such a role, being lightweight and requiring very little setup before entering combat. The system is of 60mm caliber and weighs a handy 6.4 kilograms allowing the mortar to fit inside of a backpack or slung over the shoulder. The product is available in a variety of finishes and supports day, night and IR visible sighting devices.

Aiming for the weapon is achieved through the HDS aiming device which promises a great degree of accuracy at range. The arrangement allows the operator to address elevation requirements through a fast and easy process and is also protected against the elements. An built-in LED illumination feature is powered internally by way of a battery. Steel is featured in the construction of the barrel assembly and is rated to a Charge 3 tolerance. A cover is provided at the front end of this assembly to protect the firer's hand from burns in the heat-of-battle. Two types of base plates are made available to the operator - one designed for soft terrain and another for hard terrain. The latter incorporates a steel spike into its design. To facilitate their switching, the M6C-640 has a tool-less "quick-change" feature that allows the operator to make the change in about 10 seconds.

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There are several forms available in the M6C family line: Mk 2, the Mk 2-s and "Commando". Each differs primarily in their listed engagement ranges with the Mk 2 reported at 1,920 meters, the Mk 2-s at 2,010 meters and the Commando at 2,360 meters. Overall length of all types is 840mm with a barrel launch tube measuring 640mm.

The M6C is cleared to fire the gamut of mortar bombs / projectiles in service across the globe. Operators include Austria, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Switzerland and Japan.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the Hirtenberger M6C (Commando). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
Reusable Launch Tube
Action
60mm
Caliber(s)
Single-Shot; Reusable Launch Tube
Feed
Not Available.
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Hirtenberger M6C (Commando). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
5,250 ft
1,600.2 m | 1,750.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
15
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Hirtenberger M6C (Commando) Lightweight 60mm Infantry Mortar family line.
M6C - Base Series Designation
M6C - 640 Mk 1 - Original production model
M6C Mk 2 - 1,920 meter range
M6C Mk 2-s - 2,010 meter range
M6C Commando - 2,360 meter range
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Hirtenberger M6C (Commando). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): Hirtenberger - Austria
National flag of Austria National flag of Bulgaria National flag of Georgia National flag of Greece National flag of Italy National flag of modern Japan National flag of Switzerland

[ Austria; Bulgaria; Georgia; Greece; Italy; Japan; Switzerland ]
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Image from Hirtenberger marketing material.

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