MARINE CORPS WEAPONS & VEHICLES
SHOULDER-FIRED MISSILES AND ROCKETS
FGM- 148 JAVELIN MEDIUM
ANTI-ARMOR SYSTEM (M98A2)
BRIEFING: The Javelin missile is a highly maneuverable, fire-and-forget weapon featuring an advanced tandem warhead
capable of defeating advanced battle tanks, including those with
reactive armor at medium range (between 65 and 2,500 meters).
The missile employs a soft launch two-stage motor that reduces
the gunner’s vulnerability to counter fire because of its minimal
launch signature and ability to be fired from enclosures and covered positions. The Command Launch Unit’s Imaging Infrared
system is used to detect targets, including in conditions of poor
visibility and night operations. The round consists of the missile
and the disposable launch-tube assembly.
The missile has two gunner-selectable flight modes. The Top-Attack mode allows the missile to impact on top of the target and
the Direct-Attack mode (line of sight) allows it to engage targets
that are in a covered position. An elevated trajectory, combined
with tandem, shaped-charge warheads, optimizes the Javelin’s
lethality against modern tanks. The Javelin is fully fielded within
the Marine Corps, with eight systems in each weapons company.
CONTRACTORS:.........Javelin Joint Venture (Raytheon Missile
Systems, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire
MK153 MOD 0 SHOULDER-LAUNCHED
MULTIPURPOSE ASSAULT WEAPON
BRIEFING: The Mk153 Mod 0 SMAW weapon system has been
fielded since 1984 and comprises a launcher and a family of rockets.
The SMAW provides an assault team the ability to accurately engage
bunkers and other fortifications, light armored vehicles and technical targets at close range ( 25 to 250 meters). The rocket family is
composed of three variants: HX05 High Explosive Dual Purpose,
HX06 High Explosive Anti-Armor and HA34 Novel Explosive. The
HX05 is capable of destroying bunkers and fortified structures and
the HX06 is capable of destroying lightly armored vehicles and some
tanks. The HA34 was fielded in 2001 to allow clearance of cave
entries and is capable of destroying small buildings.
CON TRACTOR: ...........Nammo Talley Defense Systems
FIM- 92 STINGER
BRIEFING: The shoulder-fired, fire-and-forget Stinger surface-to-air
missile is a passive infrared/negative ultra-violet homing weapon
used by the Marine Corps and is very effective against high-speed,
low-level aircraft such as jet or propeller-driven aircraft or helicopters and limited capability against unmanned aerial systems.
LENGTH:...................... 5 feet in the tube
DIAMETER: .................. 2. 75 inches
WINGSPAN:.................. 8 inches (when deployed)
WEIGHT: ....................... 34. 5 pounds (including launch tube, Gripstock
and battery coolant unit)
RANGE:........................ 6 kilometers
PROPULSION: .............solid-propellant rocket
CONTRACTOR: ...........Raytheon Missile Systems
HEAVY ANTI-ARMOR WEAPONS
M41A7 SABER/M220A3 TOW/
BRIEFING: The M41A4 Saber system replaces the M220 Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) Weapon System
that has been the heavy anti-armor weapon system for the Marine
Corps for more than 45 years. The Saber system includes the M41
Improved Target Acquisition System (TAS), fielded by the U.S.
Army since 1998, a newly integrated Far-Target Locator and the
TOW family of missiles. The M41A7 currently is being fielded as
an Image Enhancement (IE) to the M41A4. The IE capabilities
include: electronic focus; 2, 4 and 8x zoom; polarity reversal; Enhanced Local Area Processing; frame integration; electronic image/
scene stabilization; and a D-Zipper effect.
The Saber has significant improvements over the M220, incorporating a number of features designed to enhance its combat effectiveness and reliability. The Saber system will allow Marines to get
a better view of the battlefield with an integrated day/night sight
and a second-generation forward-looking infrared system that doubles the detection, recognition and identification performance
ranges of the M220. The integration of the Position and Attitude
Determination Subsystem, along with the laser capability in the
TAS, allows for the operator to accurately determine a 10-digit grid
to target coordinate out to 6,500 meters, allowing for surveillance
and target location reporting to other units as well as aid in the ability to conduct indirect fire missions. This system can be employed
from the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, Mine
Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle or from a ground mount.
The TOW missile family has a maximum range of 4,500 meters,
a maximum weight of 65 pounds and three tactical variants: TOW-
2A, TOW-2B and TOW-BB. The TOW-2A is a direct-attack (
line-of-sight) missile with a tandem-warhead configuration to provide
increased lethality against targets with reactive armor. The TOW-2B
is a fly-over, shoot-down missile that attacks armored targets from
above, firing two explosively formed penetrators through the top
armor plates. The TOW-BB (Bunker Buster) utilizes a bulk-filled
high-explosive warhead that can breach or destroy concrete walls,
earth and timber bunkers, and technical targets.
A recent modification to TOW missile incorporates a radio-frequency-guided control capability thus eliminating the physical wire link from the launcher to the missile. The suite of missiles also can be used by the Light Armored Vehicle-Anti-Tank
(LAV-AT). The M220A3 TOW 2 System still is being used by the
MK153 SHOULDER-LAUNCHED MULTIPURPOSE ASSAULT