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SHOULDER LAUNCHED MULTI-PURPOSE ASSAULT WEAPON (SMAW MOD 2)



U.S. Marines Test Fire at Range 15 Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Nov. 20, 2013. The Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity collected data and operational assessment, on the Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon, Mod 0 and Mod 2, and compare between legacy system and the modified system.

Description
The Shoulder Launched Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon Modification 2 (SMAW Mod 2) MK-153 launcher is the materiel solution to the Follow on To the SMAW (FOTS) capability requirement defined in the FOTS Capability Development Document (change 2). The MK-153 Mod 2 launcher provides an upgraded targeting system that uses an integrated day/night Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS) and Laser Range Finder (LRF). The MK-153 Mod 2 launcher is functionally and physically compatible with existing SMAW rocket ammunition.

Operational Impact
The MK-153 Mod 2 launcher increases system reliability, accuracy, and gunner survivability while reducing overall system weight and gunner exposure. The MK-153 Mod 2 system availability will increase due to the removal of several maintenance intensive components, including the 9mm spotting rifle from the SMAW launcher.

Program Status
The MK-153 Mod 2 Launcher achieves Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in second quarter fiscal year 2018 and Full Operational Capability (FOC) in fourth quarter fiscal year 2019.

Procurement Profile:

FY 2018 QTY 435
FY 2019 QTY  0

Developer/Manufacturer: Atlantic Diving Supply Inc, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Modernization and Technology