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Marines with the Anti-Armor Section, Weapons Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, fire the Mk-153 shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon, or SMAW, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Marine Corps Systems Command awarded a contract to build the SMAW MOD 2, which will improve the weapon’s stability and durability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders)

Photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders

Marine Corps awards contract for SMAW Mod 2

24 Nov 2015 | Barb Hamby, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication Marine Corps Systems Command

Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded a five-year contract to build a new shoulder-mounted multi-purpose assault weapon system, called the SMAW MOD 2.

Atlantic Diving Supply in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was selected to make the rocket launcher along with improved ballistic sight integration. ADS was awarded the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity $72 million contract Oct. 23. The company is under contract to make 56 systems under the terms of the first delivery order.

The SMAW MOD 2 will be compatible with existing munitions. Program officials say the improvements will mean better stability and durability, and overall increase readiness of Marine forces.

The SMAW MOD 0 weapon system has been fielded since 1984. With its launcher and family of rockets, the SMAW gives an assault team the ability to accurately engage bunkers and fortified positions, light armored vehicles and other targets at close range between 25 and 250 meters.

The SMAW MOD 2 has an approved acquisition objective of 1,249 systems.

Terms of the contract include a base year plus four ordering periods. Work will be performed in Lynchburg, Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Londonderry, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by October 2020.

Among other duties, MCSC oversees the development, acquisition and lifecycle logistics of Marine Corps ground weapon and information technology system programs.

Marine Corps Systems Command