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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Credit: A M141 SMAW-D on display
Credit: An instructor and student prepare a M141 SMAW-D for firing
Credit: A soldier takes careful aim with his M141 SMAW-D
Credit: Line drawing diagrams of the M141 SMAW-D
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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