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The United Kingdom\'s L16 81 mm mortar is the standard mortar used by the British armed forces. It originated as a joint design by the UK and Canada. The version produced and used by Australia is named the F2 81mm Mortar, whilst the version used by the U.S. armed forces is known as the M252. It was introduced in 1965/6, replacing the Ordnance ML 3 inch Mortar in UK service, where it is used by the Army, the Royal Marines and the RAF Regiment.

L16 participates in the Nepalese Civil War conflict. L16 participates in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 conflict. L16 participates in the Falklands War conflict. L16 is manufactured by Royal Ordnance. United Kingdom is a country of origin for L16. Canada is a country of origin for L16. Canada is an operator of L16.

Japan is an operator of L16. Norway is an operator of L16. Austria is an operator of L16. Portugal is an operator of L16. Netherlands is an operator of L16. Kenya is an operator of L16.

Brazil is an operator of L16. United Kingdom is an operator of L16. Belize is an operator of L16. L16 is a subclass of 81mm Mortar. L16 is an instance of weapon family.