The Lockheed-Martin Corporation has announced that it will retrofit existing US
Marine Corps Predator Short Range Assault Weapon (SRAW) with a new
blast-fragmentation multi-purpose warhead suitable for urban warfare scenario.
The multi-purpose variant blast fragmentation warhead is intended to defeat
urban targets such as bunkers and buildings, as well as light armored vehicles.
This decision has been taken due to US military experience gained in Iraq during
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The new Predator direct attack variant will be renamed the Short Range Assault
Weapon Multi-Purpose Variant or SRAW-MPV. The retrofit effort is expected to run
through the end of 2004. Predator rounds from LRIP I, already delivered, and
LRIP II, currently in production, contracts will be modified to the SRAW-MPV
variant totaling approximately 700 rounds.
The SRAW-MPV direct-fire urban assault weapon retains Predator's
man-portability, fire and forget inertial guidance, point-and-shoot system, and
launch from enclosures features. The weapon is expected to be available for US
Marines deployed in Iraq before the end of 2004.
The US Army and US allies have requirements for weaponry suited to urban areas
which could be met by Lockheed-Martin's SRAW-MPV direct-fire weapon.
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