Mk 47 Striker

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Mk 47 grenade launcher
A Mk 47 being tested at Camp Lejeune in 2002.
Type Automatic grenade launcher
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 2005–present
Production history
Designer Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane
Designed 2000s
Manufacturer General Dynamics - Armament and Technical Products
Produced 2006–present
Variants Mk47 Mod 0, Mk47 Mod 1
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 or Striker 40[2] is a 40mm automatic grenade launcher with an integrated fire control system, capable of launching smart programmable 40mm shells in addition to various unguided rounds.


The Mk 47 has the latest sensing, targeting and computer programming technology. The Lightweight Video Sight produced by Raytheon, the Mk 47’s sophisticated fire control system utilizes the latest in laser rangefinding, I2 night vision and ballistic computer technology.

In addition to being able to fire all NATO standard high velocity 40mm rounds like the Mk 19 grenade launcher, it can fire MK285 smart grenades that can be programmed to air burst after a set distance. A computerized sight allows the user to set this distance.

Program timeline[edit]

  • July 2006: General Dynamics awarded $23 million contract for Mk 47 Mod 0 production. The award is part of a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract with a total potential value of $82 million. Work will be completed at General Dynamics’ facility in Saco, Maine. General Dynamics is partnered with Raytheon (Dallas, Texas/Forest, Miss.) to build the Lightweight Video System (LVS) Fire Control. Program administration will be conducted at General Dynamics' Vermont-based Burlington Technology Center.[3]
  • February 2009: General Dynamics awarded $12 million contract for Mk 47 Mod 0 production.[4]


The US military and the Israel Defence Forces have fielded limited numbers of MK 47 Mod 0 systems, with approximately 1,500 in US service.[5]

  •  Australia: Mk 47 Mod 1 Australian Defence Force $47 million contract for 200 designated the Light Weight Automatic Grenade Launcher (LWAGL), to be delivered to the ADF from the third quarter of 2016 until mid 2017 to replace Mk-19. Fitted with the Lightweight Video Sight (LVS2) sighting system with integrated colour video and thermal imaging.[6][7][8]
  •  Israel: Mk 47 Mod 0 Israel Defense Forces $24.9 million contract signed in 2010 for 130. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2012 and be completed by August 2012 to replace Mk 19.[9][10][11]
  •  United States: Mk 47 Mod 0 US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) units, including both Army and Navy, in service in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 designated the Advanced Lightweight Grenade Launcher (ALGL).[12][13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Defense Industry Daily
  2. ^ "Striker40 - 40mm Grenade Machine Gun - General Dynamics". 
  3. ^ "General Dynamics Awarded $23 Million Contract for MK47 'STRIKER40' Weapon Systems Press Release". General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. General Dynamics Corporation. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  4. ^ General Dynamics Awarded $12 million contract for MK 47 production - DID article
  5. ^ "Automatic Grenade Launchers" (PDF) (Number 48). Small Arms Survey Research Notes. February 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  6. ^ NIOA wins 40mm grenade launcher contracts -, 28 July 2015
  7. ^ "NIOA WINS 40MM GRENADE LAUNCHER CONTRACTS". NIOA. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Minister for Defence – New Light Weight Automatic Grenade Launcher for the ADF". Department of Defence. Minister media release. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "General Dynamics Awarded $25 Million by U.S. Army to Produce MK47 Weapon Systems". Defence Professionals. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "IMI's MPRS part of the IDF Ground Forces new advanced weaponary" (PDF). Army (IMI Israeli Military Industries). 30 January 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "IDF Ground Forces introduce new high-tech weapons". Israel Defense Forces. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Soldier armed - Mk 47 Striker" (PDF). Army magazine. April 2005. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "MK47 Grenade Launcher". American Special Ops. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 

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