U.S. Seeks Improved Fragmentation Hand Grenade
New Frag Grenade
The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Division, Crane, Ind., is seeking information on designs for an improved fragmentation hand grenade that could eventually replace the current M67 hand grenade design.
A recently-released request for information (RFI) identified government interest in a new grenade “desired to be at least 15 percent improvement in total effectiveness over the current M67 fragmentation grenade” but with general form/fit/and function remaining “essentially the same” as the current design.
That’s a pretty modest improvement they’re seeking. I’m pretty surprised they didn’t look to buy a smaller, lighter grenade. There are several “mini-grenades” on the international market that are popular. And of course, cutting back on the weight troops have to carry is a big push currently, even forcing the services to buy machine guns with titanium receivers, at considerable cost.