Hi guys, What do you think about increasing the availability of thermobaric weapons to infantry? Looking at a video clip of some fighting in Afghanistan below: FIREFIGHT ON HELMET CAM IN AFGHANISTAN - PART 1 | FUNKER530 - YouTube It strikes me that: 1) Target acquisition is difficult at 200-300m with Terry under cover and soldiers peeking out of cover too 2) Killing the target with small arms or even 40mm grenades/hand grenades is difficult 3) Many times the soldiers were shooting blind, e.g. rifles over cover and not properly sighted/shouldered 4) Using standard HE weapons, e.g. M72 LAW is not so effective against enemies hidden around cover which may shield them from fragments 5) A highly effective way to deal with enemy infantry under these circumstances is by using thermobarics, e.g. Future Weapons: SMAW-NE - YouTube Apart from their ability to affect people hidden behind cover, the casings of thermobaric weapons need not be thick metal (i.e. heavy) to produce viable lethal fragments. I realise there is some political embarrassment about using thermobaric weapons against our enemies, e.g. Summer 2009 Parliamentary Records: Other Indiscriminate and Inhumane Weapons | Acronym Institute Three questions I had though: 1) How effective would a sniper have been under such circumstances? He could have pulled back to where the enemy wasn't expecting and just watched the area carefully for targets. 2) Would FLIR systems have been able to pick out the enemy in the hot Afghan climate? 3) Would mortars have made a difference in such a firefight? Have a great day!