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U.S. Marines Fire Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon As Part Of The Basic Combat Engineer Course At Camp Lejeune

March 01, 2017

Fielded in 1984 as a U.S. Marine Corps unique system, the Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) is a versatile, lightweight and lethal shoulder-launched rocket weapon system employed by the U.S. Marines for more than twenty years with the primary function of being a portable assault weapon.

SMAW has a proven performance in combat situations, easily demolishing bunkers, breaching fortifications, and defeating armored vehicles; while allowing the gunner to defeat enemy fortifications while remaining under protective cover, greatly enhancing survivability. This video shows U.S Marines firing the SMAW as part of a weapons familiarization training while attending Basic Combat Engineer Course on Marine Corps Engineer School in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Using a SMAW is one of the perks that come with being a U.S. Marine.