PdD Combat Armaments and Protection Systems

PM CCS Organizations

Shoulder-Launched Munitions
Shoulder-Launched Munitions (SLMs) allow Soldiers to engage enemy personnel, light armored vehicles, bunkers and other field fortifications in close combat. They are highly mobile and lightweight; improved versions can be safely fired from confined spaces found in urban environments.

M136 AT4 Light Anti-Tank Weapon (AT4)

The M136 AT 4, the Army's primary light antitank weapon, i s a recoilless rifle used primarily by infantry forces for engagement and defeat of armor threats. The rifle's design penmits accurate delivery of an 84mm High Explosive Anti- Tank warhead providing excellent penetration capability and lethal after-armor effects. PM CCS discontinued purchase of the AT4 in favor of its newest iteration, the AT 4 Confined Space system.

M136A1 AT4 Confined Space (AT4-CS)

The M136A1 AT4-CS is a man-portable, single-shot, disposable anti-armor shoulder launched munition that can be fired from a confined space, significantly increasing the Soldier’s ability to engage in urban conflict. It weighs 7.5 kg and has an effective range of 300m. The self-contained weapon consists of a free flight, fin-stabilized, rocket-type cartridge packed in an expendable one piece fiberglass-wrapped tube. Its recoilless design is a superior to that of rocket-type weapons for confined space applications. Resistance to shock damage contributes to the AT4’s high reliability.

M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM)

The Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) is a single shot, man-portable, disposable system able to defeat against earth and timber bunkers, masonry walls and neutralizing light armored vehicles at ranges of 15-250 meters produced by Nammo Defense Systems. The round within the system is owned by the United States Marine Corp which shares a similar design to the shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon (SMAW) family of rounds. The BDM requirement fills the lightweight “Bunker Buster” void for US Army.

XM919 Individual Assault Munition (IAM)

The XM919 Individual Assault Munition (IAM) will be a lightweight fire from enclosure, recoilless, single shot, multi-target munition capable of defeating earth and timber bunkers, masonry structures and light armored vehicles at ranges of 15 - 500 meters. It will be a preloaded munition, intended for launching a single projectile. Munition will be used in close-range combat. The disposable shoulder launched weapon will combine all the best capabilities of the M72 Light-Anti-Armor Weapon, M136 AT4, M136E1 and the M141 Bunker Defeat Munition and replace them in the Army arsenal.

M72 LAWA7 (HA29)

The M72 LAW (Light Anti-Armor Weapon) was developed under an Army contract in 1959, qualified in 1962 and was offered to NATO countries in 1962.  There were over 6 million rounds produced in the A1 through A3 variants by the 1980s. The weapon was used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.  In 1984, Talley Defense Systems (TDS) began an Army directed M72 LAW Improvement Program. This resulted in the A4, A5, and A6 variants being used to meet requirements over the next decade.

TDS developed the M72A7 variant with a more insensitive munitions (IM) compliant explosive in the warhead (shown).  Additionally, Talley developed the HA21 that simulates the back blast and trajectory of the tactical round for use at the range; the Anti-Structure Munition (ASM) Variant, M72A9, and two Fire-From-Enclosure (FFE) rounds, M72A8 and M72A10. The M72A8 is a FFE round with an equivalent M72A7 warhead and the M72A10 is a FFE round with a M72A9 equivalent warhead. The USMC is the primary User of the M72 LAW Products.

The Army awarded a 5 year IDIQ production contract to Nammo Defense Systems in December 2021 for all variants of the M72 LAW portfolio.


XM807 AT4 Confined-Space Tandem Warhead (TW)

The XM807 AT4-Confined Space (CS) -Tandem Warhead (TW) is an improved version of the AT4-CS- Reduced Sensitivity currently fielded to U.S. Forces and is Saab Dynamic AB's proprietary design. The XM807 provides the warfighter the capability to engage masonry targets such as double reinforced concrete, adobe walls, bunkers, and light armor in a single disposable shoulder launched munition. The AT4CS-TW is needed in Military Operations on Urban Terrain environment to complement the U.S. Army's current suite of shoulder launched munitions. The XM807 AT4CS-TW will be urgent Materiel Released to U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) for the Immediate Response Force in 2021. The AT4CS-TW offers Soldiers an improved capability and decreases their vulnerability to enemy threats.