Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon - Disposable
Definition/Scope: (FM 3-23.25) The M141 BDM is a disposable, lightweight, self-contained, man-portable, shoulder-fired, high-explosive, multipurpose weapon that contains all gunner features and controls necessary to aim, fire, and engage targets. The weapon system consists of an unguided free-flight rocket, which is packed in an expendable, telescoping launcher that also serves as the storage container. It provides water resistant protection for the rocket during weapon storage, transportation, and use. All propulsion unit operation occurs within the launch tube. The M141 BDM is issued as a round of ammunition, requires no maintenance, and can only be fired from the gunner's right shoulder. The weapon system structure consists of inner and outer filament-wound composite tubes, which are stored one within the other to provide for a shorter carry length. The M141 BDM addresses the need to destroy hardened targets, such as bunkers and other fixed enemy positions, and incapacitate the enemy personnel located within these targets. Optimized for the close fight in the contemporary operating environment, the M141 BDM is effective at distances ranging from 15 to 300 meters. It can be employed effectively against double-reinforced concrete walls up to 8 inches thick, triple brick structures, and standard earth and timber bunkers. The M141 BDM can incapacitate threat personnel when employed against cave complexes. It can also perforate up to 20 millimeters of rolled homogenous steel, which provides a capability against lightly armored and thin-skinned vehicles.
Acronym:M141 Bunker Defeat Munition
Broader Terms:shoulder-launched weapon