Army of Algeria starts to receive Chinese 120mm mortar system mounted on NIMR HAFEET vehicle

According to information published on the Twitter account of KAD-GHANI on January 10, 2021, the Army of Algeria starts to receive a new Chinese 120mm self-propelled mortar carrier mounted on the HAFEET 640A 6x6 tactical vehicle, designed by the UAE-based company NIMR and manufactured under license in Algeria.
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NIMR Hafeet 640A 6x6 light tactical vehicle equipped with the Chinese 120mm mortar system.(Picture source China CCTV via Twitter KAD-GHANI)

Citing information published by KAD-GHANI, the Chinese 120mm mortar system mounted on the HAFEET 640A 6x6 tactical vehicle was introduced a year ago at the NIMR factory in Algeria.

On January 7, 2022, Army Recognition has reported that the Chinese army has performed live firing tests with a new 120mm autonomous soft recoil mortar system mounted on a Dongfeng Mengshi CSK131 light tactical vehicle in 6x6 configuration. The Chinese 120mm automatic mortar system seems very similar to the mortar unit mounted on the NIMR HAFEET 640A vehicle.

The NIMR Hafeet class is a family of 6x6 multipurpose vehicles fully designed and produced by the Emirati defense vehicle manufacturer NIMR Automotive. The Hafeet 640 is a 6x6 armored patrol vehicle with a four-man cabin protected against IED, blast, and ballistic threats. The rear part of the vehicle is fitted with a cargo area platform that can be equipped with a variety of mission systems and weapon system loads.

According to our first analysis, the Chinese 120mm mortar system seems to be equipped with a recoil reduction system that reduces the mortar’s firing loads, as the Israeli-made SPEAR. That type of mortar system offers the advantage to be easily integrated on light tactical vehicles such as HMMWVs, jeeps and other high-mobility rapid deployment wheeled platforms as well as bigger wheeled or tracked platforms.

We can also assume that the HAFEET 640A 120mm mortar carrier is equipped with computerized aiming and navigation devices, enabling the mortar system to be operated autonomously and aimed without the need for external reference points.