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HG 85 (Handgranate 85)


Infantry Hand Grenade (1985)


Infantry Small Arms / The Warfighter

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The HG 85 has since been accepted into the inventories of the Swiss, Dutch and British armies.



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The HG 85 is a time fuse-detonated fragmentation grenade system packed with 155 grams of TNT. Each unit weighs in at 465 grams and feature a diameter of 65mm. As an anti-personnel weapon system, the HG 85 relies on its detonation mechanism to send thousands of metal shards in all directions, devastating soft targets with relative ease. As such, these types of weapons are useful in clearing out a determined and prepared enemy from fortifications and urban settings. The Swiss Army first began operational service of the HG 85 series in 1985 to which several other European powers have followed suit.

The HG 85 is designed conventionally and sports an egg-like body that sits firmly into an adult hand. The pull-ring is fitted to the top along with the safety component. The grenade body casing is of metal. The user actuated the arming process manually and then throws the grenade in the direction of the enemy, taking care to manage a safe distance from the detonation of which individual fragments may reach out to 100 yards or more.

The HG 85 series is primarily used by the military forces of Switzerland, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The British redesignated the grenade as the L109 in the Royal inventory and features a specially-devised safety clip which the original HG 85 does not. The L110 designates an inert Drill Grenade for grenade throwing training and is noticeably colored in blue (as opposed to the L109's external green scheme. The Dutch designated their HG 85 as the Nr300 and features the same safety clip installation as the British L109.

Specifications



Service Year
1985

Origin
Switzerland national flag graphic
Switzerland

Classification


Infantry Hand Grenade


Altdorf; Thun - Switzerland
National flag of the Netherlands National flag of Switzerland National flag of the United Kingdom Netherlands; Switzerland; United Kingdom
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Fire Support
Capable of suppressing enemy elements at range through direct or in-direct fire.


Overall Length
97 mm
3.82 in
Empty Wgt
1,025.15 lb
465.00 kg
Sights


Not Applicable


Action


Timed Fuse Explosive; Thrown

Fuse Detonation
Design relies on timed / fuse detonation.
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Caliber(s)*


65mm

Rounds / Feed


Single Use
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.


HG 85 - Base Series Designation
L109 - British Army Designation; additional safety clip.
L110 - British Army Practice Grenade of the L109 series.
Nr300 - Dutch Army Designation; similar to British L109.
Nr330 - Dutch Army Designation


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