AAMI 40mm Launcher

The AV-140 brings new mean­ing to the term six-shooter

Firepower - - CONTENTS - TEXT & PHO­TOS BY FRED MASTISON

The Abrams Air­born AV-140 is a sol­dier’s best friend—and brings dev­as­tat­ing new mean­ing to the term “six-shooter.”

The evo­lu­tion of weapons gen­er­ally fol­lows the old adage, “Ne­ces­sity is the mother of in­ven­tion.” This is the gen­e­sis for the Abrams Air­borne Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Inc. AV-140 MSGL 40mm Launcher.

Through the decades, Abrams Air­borne and its re­lated busi­nesses have be­come pre­mier providers of weapons sys­tems to do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional armed forces, as well as the weapons in­dus­try. AAMI has been hon­ored to put its weapon sys­tems in the hands of the United States mil­i­tary and NATO forces. AAMI is also the ma­jor player in VLTOR Weapon Sys­tems and Milkor USA.

It is this man­u­fac­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment in which the AV-140 evolved. The need for the launcher arose as the lim­its of sin­gle-round launch­ers be­came more and more ev­i­dent in hos­tile sit­u­a­tions. While ca­pa­ble of push­ing ef­fec­tive rounds down­range, weapons such as the M203 were sin­gle-shot and slow to reload. There was a need for a weapon that was por­ta­ble, ac­cu­rate and re­li­able. The AV-140 fits those re­quire­ments per­fectly.

The AV-140 is a multi-shot launcher (MSGL) en­gi­neered to dras­ti­cally in­crease a unit’s fire­power. The de­sign is sim­ple and re­li­able and al­lows sol­diers to drop highly ac­cu­rate rounds at a high rate of fire onto a tar­get. When a small unit is en­gaged, it can face se­ri­ous trouble if its mem­bers are out­num­bered and sup­port is not im­mi­nent. In ur­ban ar­eas, ar­tillery sup­port can be

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