IN NORSE MYTHOLOGY, AN APPROACHING, ROLLING THUNDER IS ATTRIBUTED TO THOR STRIKING HIS HAMMER AGAINST THE HEAVENS The consequences were often calamitous Well, a rolling, devastating thunder is rapidly approaching the Australian Army’s dismounted combat capability. This thunder is embodied in the General Dynamics Mk 47 Striker Next Generation Lightweight Automatic Grenade Launcher System (LWAGL), approximately 200 of which will be delivered to the defensive fire-support weapons platoons of standard infantry battalions, artillery gun lines, special operations command and air force security-force elements from early 2017. Destructive, catastrophically accurate, reliable, lightweight, modular and ergonomic are fitting descriptors for the Mk 47 LWAGL. LWAGL’s destructiveness is enabled by its ability to effectively engage point targets to 1500m and area targets to 2000m at a rate of fire exceeding 225 rounds per minute. And its potency will likely be enhanced by the emerging availability of advanced air-bursting ammunition. LWAGL’s devastating accuracy is underpinned by its evolutionary lightweight video sight (LVS), which offers a cutting-edge eye-safe laser range-finding capability with a range of 40 to 2000m and margin of error of 1m. It also provides third-generation image intensification for both day and night firing, a thermal imaging camera and a ballistic computer to facilitate detection, recognition and first-round engagement of targets. The extensive operational employment of the Mk 47 by United States Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) and the Israeli Defence Force over the past decade is clear testament of its utility and reliability. More than 1000 Mk 47s have seen active service with US SOCOMD alone. 30
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Issue #48 of CONTACT Air Land & Sea, THE Australian military magazine.