“Lobs explosive shells high into the air to destroy enemy buildings from long range.”
Historical Description[edit | edit source]
The so-called 'father of the multiple grenade launcher' is South African weapons inventor Andries C. Piek. Though his 40 mm MGL was preceded and likely influenced by the American Hawk MM-1, Piek's design was the one that became the standard. The MGL Mk 1 was first demonstrated in 1981 and adopted two years later for deployment in South Africa's long Border War. Milkor has since put out a number of upgraded variants, including some that fire 'less-lethal' rounds for civilian crowd control.
The MGL is essentially a big six-shot revolver that shoots grenades instead of bullets. An occluded sight similar to a mortar's allows distances to be gauged at various elevations while accounting for the arc of the projectile. All six shots can be fired within three seconds, greatly increasing the firepower available to an infantry squad. Over 50 countries have purchased a total of more than 50,000 MGLS and brought them into battle all over the world. Several foreign companies now manufacture their own licensed versions or imitations.
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