The lightweight Urban
Assault Weapon (UAW) was displayed by Qinetiq. The company conducted
extensive research evaluating various shoulder launched weapon
concepts, designed to provide infantry troops with effective
urban engagement capability. Qinetiq designed their UAW concept
to be lightweight - less than 17.6 lbs (8 kg) but capable to
provide multiple effects from a single munition, defeating bunkers,
buildings or light armored vehicles.
The munition is configured around a super-caliber break-in
charge and a follow-through blast warhead. The break-in charge
has been optimized to perforate brick, block and reinforced
concrete walls. The follow-through bomb is lightly encased to
maximize the blast effect when detonated, but still survive
emplacement through target walls. It will also create a one
meter diameter hole through brick and block walls for rapid
entry. The projectile has a unique nose probe, erected at firing,
to allow the overall weapon length below one meter, whilst maintaining
the required stand-off for optimum break-in charge effectiveness.
The "plastic" projectile weighing only 3 kg, is built
entirely of composite materials. The weapon is designed for
employment indoors. The weapon will be effective at ranges of
49 - 984 ft. (15 to 300 meters).