In a notice posted on Fed Bizz Ops, the Marines referred to the current system as “time consuming,” noting that it “adds unnecessary exposure time and ranging/targeting errors.”
Due to the large inventory of existing SMAW rockets, the USMC does not seek an alternative Infantry Assault Weapon System to replace SMAW. Instead, the USMC intends to modify the SMAW launcher’s existing alternate targeting and ranging system components (in lieu of the spotting rifle and day optic). The targeting and ranging systems shall be comprised of an integrated Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS) and Laser Range Finder (LRF), making the launcher lighter, more accurate, quicker to employ, and easier to maintain.
Marine Corps Times reported that “a contract will be awarded by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2015,” with fielding targeted for the first quarter of 2017.