MK47 Grenade Launcher
The MK47 is an advanced 40mm grenade launcher in use with US Special Operations Forces (SOF). It is planned to eventually replace the MK19 grenade launcher with the new MK47.
The MK47 features an integrated computer assisted fire control systems and programmable ammunition. A AN/PWG-1 Lightweight Video Sight, linked to a ballistic computer and laser rangefinder, enables the operator to identify and accurately engage targets, day or night. The fire control system can be used to program PPHE grenades to air burst above the target - ideal for engaging troops sheltering behind cover. The weapon features a Picatinny rail for the mounting of additional sensors such as a thermal sight.
At 39.6 lbs, the MK47 is significantly lighter than the 77 lb MK19.
The MK 47 fires a range of 40mm grenades :
MK47 - Images and Further Info
A Special Forces soldier fires a MK47 mounted on a tripod. Special Forces have been using the MK47 in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary Hernandez
A US Special Forces operator fires a MK47 mounted atop a HMMWV during operations against insurgents, Iraq, 2007. This MK47 is fitted with a AN/PAS-13 thermal site mounted on its Picatinny rail.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Perez
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