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McDONNELL DOUGLAS RECEIVES CONTRACT FROM U.S. ARMY FOR DISPOSABLE SMAW

 ST. LOUIS, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas has received a contract from the U.S. Army for a disposable version of its Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) for the side-by- side test of the Army's Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) program.
 Under the $3.8 million contract, McDonnell Douglas and subcontractor Talley Defense Systems will provide a number of Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon-Disposable (SMAW-D) systems to the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. SMAW-D will undergo side-by-side evaluation testing with other systems.
 SMAW-D can trace its history to the McDonnell Douglas SMAW system, which is currently in service with the U.S. Marine Corps and was successfully used by the Marine Corps in combat during Operation Just Cause in Panama and by Marine Corps and Army units during Operation Desert Storm.
 With SMAW-D, the reusable SMAW launcher is replaced with a disposable launcher developed by Talley Defense Systems during the Multi-Purpose Individual Munition (MPIM) program. The disposable launcher retracts to a length of 31 inches when carried and weighs 16 pounds, half the weight of the original SMAW.
 SMAW-D uses the same High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) rocket used in the original SMAW. The HEDP rocket is equipped with unique fusing that senses the difference between soft and hard targets, enabling the rocket to detonate the warhead at the optimum time.
 The HEDP rocket destroys earth and timber bunkers and light armor, and will breach 8-inch reinforced concrete walls and 12-inch triple brick walls.
 McDonnell Douglas has produced SMAW since 1984 at its Florida missile production facility in Titusville, Fla.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Schlueter of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 314-233-6232/
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CO: McDonnell Douglas; U.S. Army; Talley Defense Systems ST: Florida, Missouri IN: ARO SU: CON

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