Mk 47 Striker

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Mk 47 grenade launcher
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A Mk 47 being tested at Camp Lejeune in 2002.
Type Automatic grenade launcher
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 2006–present
Used by United States Special Operations Command
Wars Operation Enduring Freedom
Production history
Designer Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane
Designed 2000s
Manufacturer General Dynamics - Armament and Technical Products
Produced 2004–present
Variants Mk47 Mod 0, Mk47 Mod 1
Specifications
Weight Gun: 39.6 pounds (18.0 kg)
Length 37 inches (940 mm)
Barrel length 24.02 inches (610 mm)
Width 10.04 inches (255 mm)
Height 8.07 inches (205 mm)

Cartridge 40×53mm
Action Short-recoil[1]
Feed system Belt
Sights AN/PAS-13 Heavy Thermal Weapon Sight, by Raytheon

The Mk 47 Mod 0 or Striker 40[2] is a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher with an integrated fire control system, capable of launching smart programmable 40 mm shells in addition to various unguided rounds.

Design[edit]

In addition to being able to fire traditional grenades like the Mk 19 grenade launcher, it can fire smart grenades that can be programmed to air burst after a set distance. A computerized sight allows the user to set this distance.

The model is currently being evaluated by the United States armed forces. It is currently in combat use by some United States special operations forces in Afghanistan.[3] As of 2012 the Mk 47 is also fielded by the Israel Defense Forces, replacing the Mk 19 currently in service.[4]

Program timeline[edit]

  • July 2006: General Dynamics awarded $23 million contract for Mk 47 production.[5]
  • February 2009: General Dynamics awarded $12 million contract for Mk 47 production.[6]
  • October 2010: US Army awarded a $25 million contract for Mk 47 production, for a foreign military sale.[7]

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