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From flying tilt-rotor MV-22 Ospreys into combat to training with robot battle buddies, the Marine Corps has a history of pioneering unconventional technology and ideas for the American warfighter.
But one new weapon the Corps is looking into could really blow up big: a new, stackable hand grenade that could be used as a stun weapon, a lethal explosive, or even as an ad hoc breaching charge.
On April 14, 2004, Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, a squad leader with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, was leading his men on a mission near Karabilah, Iraq. A call came through that the battalion commander’s convoy was under attack by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Hopping into Humvees, the Marines made their way toward Camp Husaybah, two kilometers away.
The Army is designing a new lethal hand grenade that can switched from fragmentation to a concussion grenade. Called the “enhanced tactical multipurpose hand grenade,” it will fill a capability gap from 1975, when the MK3A2 concussion grenade was taken out of service due to an asbestos hazard, according to an Army news release.