An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Articles
Would you stake your life, right now, on the condition of your equipment?
NEWS | Oct. 10, 2023

M326 Mortar Kit: Only Lead-Acid Battery Can Be Used

BLUF: Hawker® batteries are safe to use on the M326 mortar kit.

Mortar live fire
Photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Brutus
Our article "No Hawkers for M326 Mortar Kit!" found in PS 773 (Apr 17) is no longer valid. The batteries identified in the article would overheat when used in the mortar stowage kit (MSK). This resulted in the gel-filled Hawker® battery being put on the do not use list for the MSK.

Now, any brand battery, including Hawker®, NSN 6140-01-446-9506 (listed in TM 9-2590-527-13&P (May 12)) can be used provided:
        1. the battery is a lead-acid type battery, verified by the label on the battery.
        2. the battery is NOT a gel-filled type battery.
        3. the maintainer or operator verifies the type of battery is allowed on the platform.
Editor’s note: Thanks to Mr. Keenon Wallace for contributing to this article.
Want to get better search results faster? 
Click the link below to access our "how to" guide
After entering a keyword, you must hit or click the Search bar/box below for the function to work.
Simply hitting Return won't yield results.
Note about links to archive articles

If you come across a link to a pre-2014 PS Magazine issue or article that uses LOGSA in the web address (URL), use this link instead:
For issues/articles from 2014 and after, click on the Archive/Index tab in the top menu of this website.

BE ADVISED: With the migration to Army365, emails in older articles may still reflect an address. To update, change the domain to