US Cartridge, 81mm HE, M821




This cartridge is a high explosive round developed for use in the M252 improved 81mm mortar system. It is intended for use against personnel and light materiel targets.

The complete round consists of a fuze, propellant charge, fin assembly, ignition cartridge, and shell body. The shell body made of Ductile Cast Iron, is loaded with a RDX/TNT filler. The ignition cartridge has a percussion primer and is assembled to the end of the fin assembly. The propelling charge is contained in four horse-shoe felt-fiber containers and assembled around the fin assembly shaft.

See Also

Multioption, M734


Collaborative Ordnance Data Repository

Afghanistan Ordnance ID Guide, Volume 1 (2004)

TM 43-0001-28, Artillery Ammunition (chg 11, 2003)