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Engineers Seek Enhanced Grenade Lethality, Even When Enemy is Concealed

Engineers Seek Enhanced Grenade Lethality, Even When Enemy is Concealed image
August 23, 2015 | Source: Eric Kowal, Picatinny Public Affairs

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- How does the Warfighter launch a grenade at the enemy and ensure that it hits the target if the enemy is defiladed, or concealed, behind natural or artificial obstacles?

According to Steven Gilbert, the solution is simple: use the Small Arms Grenade Munitions (SAGM).

SAGM is a munitions round that aims to provide Warfighters with the capability of shooting a 40-mm low-velocity grenade from an M203 or M320 rifle-mounted grenade launcher with the certainty that, if their target is hiding or behind an object, damage will still be inflicted.

The round more than doubles the lethality of the current 40-mm grenade against defilade targets. It also does not require the user to carry extra weapon accessories, reducing the Soldier's load.