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M136 ROCKET LAUNCHER

The M136 AT4 is the Army's primary light anti-tank weapon. The M136 AT4 is a recoilless rifle used primarily by Infantry Forces for engagement and defeat of light armor. The recoilless rifle design permits accurate delivery of an 84mm High Explosive Anti-Armor warhead, with negligible recoil. 

M136 Rocket Launcher


The M136 AT4 is a lightweight, self-contained, antiarmor weapon consisting of a free-flight, fin-stabilized, rocket-type cartridge packed in an expendable, one-piece, fiberglass-wrapped tube. The M136 AT4 is man-portable and is fired from the right shoulder only. The launcher is watertight for ease of transportation and storage. Unlike the M72-series LAW, the M136 AT4 launcher need not be extended before firing. 

Though the M136 AT4 can be employed in limited visibility, the firer must be able to see and identify the target and estimate the range to it. Subsequent to the initial fielding of the weapon, a reusable night sight bracket was developed and fielded. It permits utilization of standard night vision equipment. The system's tactical engagement range is 250 meters and has been used in multiple combat situations. The round of ammunition is self-contained in a disposable launch tube. The system weighs 15 pounds and can be utilized effectively with minimal training. 


How the Rocket works
TECHNICAL DATA
The following data apply to the M136 AT4:

Primary function: Light anti-armor weapon
Manufacturer: FFV Ordnance, Sweden and Alliant Techsystems

Launcher. 
Length..................... 1,020 mm (40 inches)
Weight (Complete System) .. 6.7 kg (14.8 pounds)
Rear Sight................. Range indicator, graduated in 50-meter increments 


Rocket
Caliber ................... 84 mm
Muzzle Velocity............ 290 mps (950 fps)
Length .................... 460 mm (18 inches)
Weight..................... 1.8 kg (4 pounds)
Minimum Range Training ........... 30 meters (100 feet)

Combat ................. 10 meters (33 feet)
Arming.................. 10 meters (33 feet)

Maximum Range ............. 2,100 meters (6,890 feet)
Maximum Effective Range ... 300 meters (985 feet) 
Penetration: 400 mm of rolled homogenous armor
Time of Flight (to 250 meters): less than 1 second
Muzzle velocity: 950 feet (285 meters) per second
Operating temperature: -104 to +140 F (-40 to +60C)
Ammunition: Rocket with shaped charge warhead
Unit Replacement Cost: $1,480.64