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Hirtenberger M6C (Commando)

Lightweight 60mm Infantry Mortar (2006)

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

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 10/24/2017 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.
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.


Service Year

Austria national flag graphic


Lightweight 60mm Infantry Mortar

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
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Fire Support
Capable of suppressing enemy elements at range through direct or in-direct fire.


Reusable Launch Tube

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Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of an infantry mortar projectile / shell
Rounds / Feed

Single-Shot; Reusable Launch Tube
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
5,250 ft
(1,600 m | 1,750 yd)

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

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