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NOTE: This article is about the USMC's SMAW launcher in ArmA 2. For the U.S. military's SMAW rocket launcher in ArmA 3's CSLA Iron Curtain Creator DLC, see SMAW (CSLA).

« The SMAW (Shoulder-launched Multipurpouse Assault Weapon) is a small rocket weapon, which operates as a portable anti-armor rocket launcher. It fires highly-explosive dual-purpose rockets with an effective range of 500 m and is useful against bunkers, masonry, concentrated walls and light armor.
Armoury Description

Faction Icon-side-blufor.png USMC
Type Rocket Launcher
Diameter 83 mm
Variants None
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The SMAW 83 mm rocket launcher.

The SMAW (full name: Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon) is an 83 mm rocket launcher used exclusively by the U.S. Marines in ArmA 2.


The SMAW is a reloadable, shoulder-launched, unguided, 83 mm rocket launcher.

It is able to load and fire rockets fitted with either high-explosive anti-armour (HEAA) or high-explosive dual purpose (HEDP) warheads, and has an effective range of up to 550 metres. The launcher is fitted with a magnified optical sight that has a magnification strength of 2.5x.

The SMAW was the primary medium anti-tank weapon wielded by U.S. Marine weapon teams operating in Chernarus at the height of Operation Harvest Red. It is designed to be a rugged weapon that packs the same amount of firepower as the lighter M136, while being more versatile and capable of tackling non-armoured vehicle threats.

The SMAW's HEAA rockets are optimised to take on medium armoured vehicles like the Russian BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. HEDP rockets on the other hand, have less penetration but have a much larger blast radius compared to the standard HEAA rocket, and are designed to be used against infantry, buildings, and softer-skinned vehicles such as the Vodnik or BTR-90 IFV.

A U.S. Marine prepares to fire the SMAW.

In terms of capabilities, the SMAW is almost identical to its U.S. Army counterpart; both have a magnified optic for aiming, have an almost identical diameter (munitions-wise), and have two types of rockets designed for either anti-vehicle or anti-personnel/structure use.

However, the SMAW's rockets are lighter to carry as they only take up two inventory slots. The MAAWS on the other hand, require three slots and limits its user to being able to make use of two per person (without a backpack or assistant). A SMAW operator can carry up to three rockets at once while having the same number of slots available for their primary weapon.

But just like the MAAWS, the SMAW is not designed to be used against Main Battle Tanks or any other heavily armoured ground vehicles. The SMAW's HEAA warhead is not powerful enough to penetrate the thick armour of modern MBTs such as the T-90. In the case of the latter, it is strongly advised to use dedicated ATGM launchers instead, as attempting to use the SMAW against such threats will simply result in the user wasting their supply of rockets.


The SMAW can load and fire two types of rockets. Both occupy two inventory slots apiece:



Damage type Base damage value
Kinetic 480

Standard issue rocket. Uses a high-explosive anti-armour (HEAA) warhead.

The SMAW's HEAA rocket is designed to pierce through the armour of heavy IFVs. It can also be used to bring down fortified structures that would otherwise be resistant to non-AT munitions and explosives.

Because HEAA rockets are designed to be used exclusively against vehicles, the warhead has a very tiny splash radius on impact (in spite of the deceptively large visual effect) and will barely inflict any damage to infantry targets unless a direct hit is scored.

The HEAA rocket has an effective range of up to 550 metres and an absolute maximum of 800 metres. It has an initial velocity speed of 250 m/s and can reach a top in-flight speed of 750 m/s. The warhead has a blast radius of just 1.2 metres.



Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive 150

Uses a high-explosive dual purpose (HEDP) warhead.

The SMAW's HEDP rocket is a multi-role munition. It can be brought to bear against both infantry and vehicles thanks to the large splash radius of its warhead. A downside of this is that its penetration power is greatly reduced, and will be unable to inflict much (if any) damage on heavily armoured vehicles.

HEDP rockets have an effective range of up to 550 metres and an absolute maximum of 800 metres. It has an initial launch velocity of 250 m/s and can reach speeds of up to 750 m/s mid-flight. The warhead has a blast radius of 12 metres.


  • The in-game counterpart lacks the ability to make use of the 7.62 mm/9 mm spotting rifle that is usually fitted onto the right side of real SMAWs.
  • Like the Javelin, the SMAW is strangely shown using the same reloading animation as the RPG-7V. In reality, the system is reloaded by removing the (now empty) rear casing and attaching a new one to the end of the launcher tube.


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Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
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Arma2-factionicon-usmc.png USMC - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns M1911 .45M9 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5 9 mm
Shotguns M1014
Carbines M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203)
Assault rifles M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M24 7.62 mm (M40A3)
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns Mk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mmM240 7.62 mm
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136SMAW
Static M2M252Mk19M119A1SearchlightStingerTOW
(Parenthesis) denote variants.