Hello all, Based on the Force Recon document Enemy TTP and After Action Review which says: I decided to develop a new, lightweight, dirt cheap and very effective explosive weapon for our soldiers. I have thus recently patented a new high explosive man-portable weapon system to directly compete with the UGL and LASM. Some key points: My system: 1. Payload: ~120g HE, or thermobaric (in fact the thermobaric warhead will work out to be lighter per shot, due to the lower density of the fuel compared to HE) 2. Cost per shot: Â£100 - 200 (estimated, highly dependent on scale. Initial test rounds would be machined and therefore labour intensive. Later production rounds would be cast and therefore cheaper) 3. Mass per shot: 300g 4. Empty weight: 250g 5. Rate of fire: Estimated up to 16/minute 6. HE on target/min: 1920g/min 7. Effective range: 150m (will require testing and user experience - it is an iron-sighted weapon) 8. Maximum range: 1km Additional notes: Munition is insensitive; the most shock-sensitive parts of it are probably the detonator and HE warhead, the latter of which can be fairly insensitive for military PBX explosives. Hence no more sensitive than existing munitions they carry. It packs well. Each round assembles from 11 simple consumable parts, and 3 reusable parts. Sizing & stress calculations, materials selection and manufacture route have already been done by me, and engineering drawings are ready to go 40x46mm UGL: 1. Payload: ~45g HE 2. Cost per shot: Unknown 3. Mass per shot: 240g 4. Empty weight: 1.36kg (M203) or 1.5kg (AG36) 5. Rate of fire: 5 - 7 rounds/min 6. HE on target/min: 315g/min 7. Effective range: 150m 8. Maximum range: 400m References: M203 wiki and AG36 wiki LASM: 1. Payload: 1kg enhanced blast 2. Cost per shot: Unknown, estimated to be Â£1-3k based on being an advanced version of the venerable M72 LAW 3. Mass per shot: 4.3kg 4. Empty weight: 2.5kg (based on M72 LAW) 5. Rate of fire: 1 round/min 6. HE on target/min: 1000g/min 7. Effective range: 200m 8. Maximum range: 500m References: UK MoD, Wikipedia and here. The problems at the moment I'm having are really to do with licensing legalities. Obviously everything is to be done 100% legal and above board. I've been in contact with my local explosives liaison police officer and am told I will need an explosives and prohibited weapon licence to develop this weapon. I don't have any practical experience in explosives so I don't know what the likelihood of my explosives licence application succeeding will be, even though the munition contains well-behaved energetics. Obviously we don't want soldiers walking around with sensitive ordnance! The only things I have going for me in my application are my clean criminal record and no affiliation with any dodgy organisation I also don't have access to a large piece of land suitable for testing ordnance, and my personal savings are quite limited since being independent for 16 months now, and paying patent attorneys for 2 patents (I've since drafted and filed 2 more on my own DIY to save money). Anyway, if someone here happens to has access to funding, an explosives licence, prohibited weapons licence, a large piece of land suitable for testing ordnance, or any skill you think might be relevant (legal advice/contacts, explosives casting, ordnance development & testing, etc.), and wants to get involved, please let me know. E.g. Some machinists on this board have already given me a ping and I am keeping their details for later when I will need them. I am looking for partners to develop and sell this weapon and share the risk/profits, or people who just want to subcontract a task in this weapon's production and be paid for the work.