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October 17, 2017: A German firm has developed a 1.1 kg (2.4 pound) reusable LRMP (Long Range Multi-Purpose) electronic sight for the Matador RGW-90 single-shot shoulder fired rocket launcher. Using this sight the Matador can accurately hit targets 1,200 meters away. The LRMP contains a laser range-finder and 5.5X enlargement. The sight takes data about the warhead type, surroundings and target and calculates elevation and lead (for moving targets) and a dot appears that enables the user to move the launcher until it is in position for the most accurate shot. The first user of the LRMP will be German Special Forces troops. Depending on warhead in the Matador LRMP is attached to the warhead will be programmed to delay detonation after hitting the target to obtain optimum results. Matador alone weighs 8.9 kg (19.9 pounds) and the existing sight provides less accurate aimed fire at up to 500 meters.

Matador is a 90mm recoilless rifle type weapon that is one meter (39 inches) long and has a countermass system that enables it to be fired from confined spaces. There are several versions of Matador available depending on the warhead type. The initial version of LRMP is programmed to work with a multi-purpose warhead with adjustable detonation options. This warhead is designed to blow up buildings, or parts of buildings as well as destroy light armored vehicles.

The German made Matador entered service in 2000 and was a major upgrade of the earlier 67mm Armbrust, which weighed only 6.3 kg but was much less accurate and effective against armored vehicles.

Future versions of LRMP will work with other warhead types, like the wall breaching version. That version of Matador weighs 13 kg (29 pounds) and without LRMP has an effective range of 20-120 meters and is designed to create a hole, in brick or concrete walls, large enough for soldiers to get through. Other future LRMP enhancements will add the ability to work with existing removable night vision devices for Matador.

 


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