Rifleman's Assault Weapon

The Rifleman's Assault Weapon (also called RAW) is a close-support rocket-propelled grenade developed around 1977 and put into limited service by the United States Marine Corps in the 1990s. It was developed in response to a military requirement for a multi-purpose close support weapon. The RAW's rocket-propelled spherical munition is fired from an M16 rifle and is capable of blowing holes through masonry walls and disabling light armored vehicles. Some have nicknamed the Rifleman's Assault Weapon the "softball from Hell".

The RAW's 1-kg high explosive squash head (HESH) warhead can penetrate 20 cm of reinforced concrete (creating a 36 cm-wide hole) and hit moving targets at a range of 300 meters. The RAW was considered to be ideal for the conditions of urban warfare. Reconsideration by the U.S. military as to what kind of close support weapon they were seeking resulted in only limited procurement of the RAW, despite the weapon performing to specification and displaying a remarkably flat trajectory to a range of 300 meters. Brunswick Corporation also developed an antitank version of the RAW. Brunswick later sold the design for the RAW to KDI Precision Products, Inc., which became part of L-3 Communications in 2001.

Rifleman's Assault Weapon
Class Manportable
Type Rocket Launcher
Manufacturer Brunswick Corporation
Production Period 1977 - 1990
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 1977
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
United States of America 1990 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Brunswick Corporation 1977 1990 View

Type Close support rocket
Place of origin  United States
Service history
In service 1990s
Used by United States Marine Corps
Production history
Manufacturer Brunswick Corporation
Produced 1977–1990s
Weight 4.7 kg
Length 305 mm
Caliber 140 mm warhead
Muzzle velocity 173 m/s at 200 meters
Effective firing range 300 m
Maximum firing range ~1500 m

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