Concepts & Programs HomeProgramsFocus Area 4: Modernization & TechnologyPart 1: Equipping the MarineSMAW 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.

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