Tests of Russian 120 mm self-propelled mortar MZ-204 Highlander prototype are complete


The Russian MZ-204 Highlander self-propelled mortar, developed on the basis of the Tigr-M multipurpose wheeled armored vehicle has successfully passed the relevant tests, CEO of the Military Industrial Company (VPK) Alexander Krasovitsky said.
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Prototype of the 120 mm MZ-204 Highlander self-propelled mortar system developed by PJSC Motovilikhinskiye Zavody on the basis of a Tigr-M at the exposition of the Science and Technology Forum for Law Enforcement Advanced Technologies at Krasnogorsk (Moscow region), in May 2017 (Picture source: sdelanounas.ru)


“This project [Highlander] is at the stage of studying the results of factory tests of a prototype by specialists of law enforcement agencies,” Krasovitsky announced on 26 May, noting that the work on creating the Highlander was carried out on a company initiative basis, not the army.

As the head of VPK noted, the MZ-204 Highlander self-propelled mortar is a Tigr-M armored vehicle with a 120-mm artillery system mounted at the stern of the vehicle with electric guidance in elevation and azimuth. "The main advantage of this development over foreign counterparts is the location of the combat crew of the system inside the Tigr hull during firing," Krasovitsky said.

According to him, the Highlander operates in a fully automated mode and can receive target designation data from unmanned aerial vehicles. "The situation and the data about the targets are displayed on the color multifunctional LCD monitor of the calculation commander," added Krasovitsky.

The head of VPK emphasized that the Highlander could use adjustable ammunition, in particular the 120mm high-precision guided mine Gran.


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Prototype of the 120 mm MZ-204 Highlander self-propelled mortar system developed by PJSC Motovilikhinskiye Zavody on the basis of a Tigr-M at the exposition of the Science and Technology Forum for Law Enforcement Advanced Technologies at Krasnogorsk (Moscow region), in May 2017 (Picture source: sdelanounas.ru)


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