SIMON breach grenade

SIMON breach grenade

The SIMON is a rifle grenade designed to breach through doors, developed by Rafael - the Israeli Authority For Development of Weapons. It is intended for use with 5.56 mm rifles such as the M16 or the M4 Carbine.

Overview

The system consists of a bullet-trap tail section which slides over the muzzle of the rifle, an explosive mid-section and a front standoff rod. The grenade is propelled by a normal ball or tracer round to a maximum range of 30 meters and is detonated by the impact of the standoff rod against the door to be breached, the standoff distance allowing the blast wave to affect as much of the door surface as possible, negating any need to aim for hinges or locks.

A version which is manually attached to the door is also available, known as "static SIMON". [http://www.rafael.co.il/marketing/area.aspx?FolderID=342&docID=1005 SIMON - RAFAEL] ]

pecifications

* Weight: 680 g (including standoff rod)
* Length:
** Standoff rod: 400 mm
** Overall: 765 mm
* Warhead diameter: 100 mm
* Explosive fill:
** Standard SIMON: 150 g [http://www.armada.ch/06-4/complete_06-4.pdf Armada International PDF] ]
** SIMON 120: 120 g
* Range: 15 - 30 meters

Operators

* - A variant of the SIMON 120 is in service with the U.S. Army as the M100 Grenade Rifle Entry Munition (GREM). Changes from the original specification involved fuzing and reliability issues. [cite web|url=http://www.ausa.org/webpub/DeptArmyMagazine.nsf/byid/TWAH-6ZGR69|title=M100 Grenade Rifle Entry Munition - Army Magazine] An inert round, the M101 GREM-Target Practice (GREM-TP) allows training for accuracy without the explosive hazard. The system was given a U.S. Army award as one of the top 10 best inventions of 2005. [ [http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/2006/06/us-army-awards-for-top-10-inventions-of-2005/index.php US Army Awards for Top 10 Inventions of 2005 - Defense Industry Daily] ]

References

External links

* [http://www.gdatp.com/Products/weapon_systems/GREM/GREM.htm General Dynamics page on GREM]
* [http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htweap/articles/20060628.aspx Strategy Page article]
* [http://www.strategypage.com/gallery/articles/military_photos_2006414222232.asp Strategy Page video]
* [http://www.thebayonet.com/stories/2006/060906/02.htm GREM fielded to troops - The Bayonet : : Digital Edition]
* [http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a01885f6e9 News video of GREM training and soldiers' views of the new weapon - liveleak.com]
* Future Weapons [http://netstorage.discovery.com/dsc/podcasts/2008/01/Video/B01PCN_11885006001197_FW_4_SIMO.mov video]


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