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IMI M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) / SMAW-D

Shoulder-Launched Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon

IMI M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) / SMAW-D

Shoulder-Launched Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon


The M141 is commonly known as the SMAW-D and fills the role of bunker buster for the United States Army.
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ORIGIN: Israel
YEAR: 1984
MANUFACTURER(S): Israeli Military Industries (IMI) - Israel / Talley Defense Systems - USA
OPERATORS: Israel; Lebanon; United States

Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible. * Calibers listed may be model/chambering dependent.
ACTION: Disposable Shoulder-Launched Assault Weapon
CALIBER(S)*: 83mm
LENGTH (OVERALL): 826 millimeters (32.52 inches)
LENGTH (BARREL): 826 millimeters (32.52 inches)
WEIGHT (UNLOADED): 15.70 pounds (7.12 kilograms)
SIGHTS: Iron; Telescopic; Night Vision
RATE-OF-FIRE: 1 rounds-per-minute
RANGE (EFFECTIVE): 1,640 feet (500 meters; 547 yards)

Series Model Variants
• M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) / SMAW-D - US Army Designation.
• SMAW - US Marine Corps Designation


Detailing the development and operational history of the IMI M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) / SMAW-D Shoulder-Launched Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon.  Entry last updated on 2/26/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
The M141 (SMAW-D) was developed for the United States Army to fill the role of "bunker buster", though the system itself has proven to be most multi-purpose in nature, particularly in urban the urban warfare setting. The system is used for the destruction of masonry, wood and earthen structures as well as a general light-armored vehicle-stopper. The system has proven useful in the demolition of network caves throughout the mountainous terrains of Afghanistan.

The launcher is of an extending tube type with built-in optics. The rocket features folding spring-loaded fins for in-flight stabilization. Target ranges are within a 15-to-500 meter range. The projectile warhead is high-explosive.

The US Army designates the system as M141 or SMAW-D while the US Marine Corps use the SMAW (Shoulder-launched Multi-purpose Assault Weapon). Warheads featured in the projectiles of the two weapon systems are the same.


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