FGM-172 SRAW

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FGM-172A Predator SRAW - 139.7mm. Arrows indicate the bands showing this is an A model.
FGM-172B SRAW-MPV - 139.7mm

The FGM-172 SRAW (Short Range Assault Weapon) also known as Predator SRAW and the SRAW Mk 40 Mod 0 prior to 2006, is a disposable tube-launched fire-and-forget guided missile system, developed by Lockheed Martin and Israel Military Industries to complement the FGM-148 Javelin.

The "A" variant is an unusual system designed to use an overfly top attack (OTA) flightpath to deploy an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) warhead, an attack method pioneered by the Swedish RBS 56 BILL anti-tank missile. Guidance is by a predicted line of sight (PLOS) system called inertial reference autopilot: the gunner tracks the motion of the target for at least 2 and no more than 12 seconds prior to launch, with the system using this motion to program the missile's autopilot to intercept the target's predicted location. The missile flies only this pre-programmed course after launch with no method of tracking the target, instead using a dual-mode magnetic and laser proximity sensor to detect when it is above it, the laser detecting the front and rear of the target and the magnetic sensor detecting the body. This detonation sensor layout is very similar to that used on the warhead of the BGM-71F TOW-2B, while the same guidance system is used by the MBT LAW.

Further procurement of the SRAW was cancelled in October 2003 with LRIP (low-rate initial production) producing a total of 750 disposable launchers prior to this. In 2004, with the USMC finding it had a serious shortage of anti-structure weapons that could be fired from enclosures, Lockheed Martin was contracted to alter the 700 remaining launchers, fitting them with a direct-impact multi-purpose blast fragmentation warhead, and reworking the guidance system for a flat trajectory. This variant is known as FGM-172B SRAW-MPV (multi purpose variant). All SRAWs were reworked to the B model by 2005.

SRAW variants can be distinguished by their coloured marking bands: FGM-71A has three, black near the muzzle (anti-armor), yellow at the midsection (high explosive) and brown at the rear (low explosive). FGM-71B lacks the black band at the front. An inert training missile will have three blue bands.

The FGM-172 SRAW missile launcher can be seen in the following video games used by the following actors:

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notes Release Date
Battlefield 2 Incorrectly shown as laser-guided 2005
Project Reality Incorrectly shown as laser-guided 2005
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter ZEUS MPAR Incorrectly shown with a thermal seeker 2006
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 ZEUS MPAR Incorrectly shown with a thermal seeker 2007
Battlefield 4 Incorrectly shown as laser-guided 2013

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