Shoulder Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW)

Created by Admiral Rhea Kydalla on Wed Oct 26th, 2011 @ 4:27pm

Shoulder Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW)

The Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) is a man-portable anti-tank guided missile system that launches fire-and-forget missiles with lock-on before launch and automatic self-guidance. The system takes a top-attack flight profile against armoured vehicles (attacking the top armour which is generally thinner) but can also take a direct-attack mode for use against buildings, fortifications, or aircraft. The missile reaches a peak altitude of 500 feet in top attack mode and 150 feet in direct fire mode. The missile is equipped with an imaging infrared seeker.

The tandem warhead is fitted with two shaped charges: A precursor warhead to detonate any explosive reactive armour and a primary warhead to penetrate base armour.

The missile is ejected from the launcher so that it reaches a safe distance from the operator before the main rocket motors ignite. This makes it harder to identify the launcher and allows it to be fired from within buildings. However, back-blast from the launch tube still poses a hazard to nearby personnel. Thanks to this "fire and forget" system, the firing team may move on as soon as the missile has been launched.

The missile system is carried most often by a two man team consisting of a gunner and an ammo bearer, although it can be fired with just one person if necessary. While the gunner aims and fires the missile, the ammo bearer scans for prospective targets and watches for threats such as enemy vehicles and troops.

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