Government Mortarmen Fend Off Anti-Junta Forces in Myanmar

This footage, provided by a member of the Myanmar military junta, shows a mortar crew hurriedly dropping mortar rounds to defend their base from anti-junta PDF attackers.


While short, this clip provides two interesting insights.


Firstly, the mortar is in a near-vertical position, which suggests that they are dropping the rounds very close. In this case, the PDF (People's Defense Force) elements were reportedly at the camp's fenceline. That sort of close-range, comparative precision work is often done with drones these days. The use of the mortar suggests that while the PDF makes extensive use of drones, this particular base had none available. However, the possibility admittedly exists that they simply weren't recorded.


Secondly, the mortar appears to be a home-built affair, known as an MA-6. Supply is apparently very scarce for the system's 120mm shells, because while Russia normally supplies them, Russia has had its own substantial need for mortar rounds. Falling back on the MA-6 therefore could imply that the Junta forces here had their backs against the wall.


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This footage, provided by a member of the Myanmar military junta, shows a mortar crew hurriedly dropping mortar rounds to defend their base from anti-junta PDF attackers.


While short, this clip provides two interesting insights.


Firstly, the mortar is in a near-vertical position, which suggests that they are dropping the rounds very close. In this case, the PDF (People's Defense Force) elements were reportedly at the camp's fenceline. That sort of close-range, comparative precision work is often done with drones these days. The use of the mortar suggests that while the PDF makes extensive use of drones, this particular base had none available. However, the possibility admittedly exists that they simply weren't recorded.


Secondly, the mortar appears to be a home-built affair, known as an MA-6. Supply is apparently very scarce for the system's 120mm shells, because while Russia normally supplies them, Russia has had its own substantial need for mortar rounds. Falling back on the MA-6 therefore could imply that the Junta forces here had their backs against the wall.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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