by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Atlantic Diving Supply Inc. has received a $17.6 million order against an existing contract for the U.S. Defense Department's purchase of 425 shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapons Mod 2 rocket launchers.
The work will be performed in Londonderry, N.H., and Lynchburg, Va., and it will run through Sept. 7, 2018.
The rocket launcher is a man-portable device, designed primarily as an assault weapon or "bunker buster" suitable for attacking hardened targets and buildings. It serves a secondary role as an anti-tank weapon using the dual-purpose High Explosive Anti-Tank warhead.
A thermobaric warhead for the rocket launchers has been used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The warhead, capable of collapsing buildings, ignites the air around it to greatly increasing its destructive power.
The SMAW Mod 2 rocket launcher is an improved version designed to be used in enclosed spaces, unlike the original version whose backblast endangered users unless they were in the open. It can be fitted with a Modular Ballistic Sight with a laser rangefinder and thermal imaging.
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Raytheon Missile Systems is being awarded a $614.5 million modification to an existing contract for the production of Standard Missile 3 Block IIA surface-to-air missiles, the Department of Defense announced on Monday. The modification will also provide engineering support and missile containers. The production run will take place in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be finished by Marc ... read more
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