It fires an explosive shell on a high-arching trajectory capable of flying over the heads of nearby troops and crashing down on the rear ranks of the enemy. Its primary use is in the anti-personnel role, breaking up enemy infantry formations and pinning them down.
Mortars are prized for their ability to lay down a curtain of fire from behind cover, and while not particularly accurate their explosive power makes up for this deficiency. However this indirect-fire capability requires accurate targeting information to be effective and the use of spotters with proper vox-protocols in order to avoid friendly fire. Standard procedures has the spotters locate targets, whether through visual or remote-servitor means, and send a fire request to the mortar crew's Platoon Command Squad, which plots a firing solution and relays that information to the mortar teams assembled, adjusting fire as required.
- Mk.IX Accatran pattern: Favoured by the Elysian Drop Troops, this automatic mortar is fed by a revolving five-round drum magazine capable of a high rate of fire. Carrying handles allow it to be moved by two Guardsmen, but once set up it can be activated through the use of a short-range remote control unit. The remote has a range of approximately 100 meters, and can trigger the mortar to fire rounds singly or fire all five in rapid succession. In this way the firer can act as their own spotter and concentrate tremendous firepower on a single spot.
- Marbo's Mortar: Used by the Jungle Fighters of Catachan, this powerful weapon is named after the planet's deadliest warrior, the "One Man Army", Sly Marbo.
- 1: Codex: Imperial Guard (2nd Edition), pg. 22
- 2: The Imperial Munitorum Manual, pg. 70
- 3: Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition), pg. 69
- 4: Imperial Armour Volume Four - The Anphelion Project, pg. 137
- 5: Imperial Armour Volume Five - The Siege of Vraks - Part One, pg. 97
- 6: Imperial Armour Volume Eight - Raid on Kastorel-Novem, pg. 93
- 7: GW Website Imperial Guard Vostroyan Mortar Team
- 8: FW Website Tallarn Mortar Team
- 9: GW Website Warriors of Valhalla Mortar Team
- 10: GW Website Imperial Guard Cadian Heavy Weapon Squad
- 11: GW Website Mordian Iron Guard Mortar Team
- 12: FW Website DKoK Mortar Team 3
- 13: Only War: Hammer of the Emperor, pg. 114
- 14: Warhammer: Dark Millennium (2007)
|Imperial Guard Weaponry|
|Melee Weapons||Chainsword • Combat Knife • Hunting Lance • Power Weapon|
|One-Handed Weapons||Bolt Pistol • Laspistol • Hellpistol/Hotshot Laspistol • Plasma Pistol|
|Two-Handed Weapons||Lasgun • Flamer • Grenade Launcher • Hellgun/Hotshot Lasgun • Lascarbine • Long-Las • Meltagun • Plasma Gun • Shotgun • Sniper Rifle|
|Heavy Weapons||Autocannon • Heavy Bolter • Heavy Flamer • Heavy Stubber • Lascannon • Hotshot Volley Gun • Missile Launcher • Mortar • Sun Gun • Ripper Gun • Grenadier Gauntlet|
|Grenades||Frag Grenade • Krak Grenade • Melta Bomb|