Defensive operations

7-31. Whether or not other organic antiarmor weapons are available, shoulder-launched munitions are an asset in the squad and platoon defensive plan.

• Shoulder-launched munitions are employed with interlocking fires to provide mutual support. Dispersion allows leaders the flexibility to place flank, rear, and oblique fires on targets. This procedure increases the survivability of the firers as well as the probability of achieving kills. Leaders must select positions that avoid fratricide from backblast and short rounds (see Appendix A).

• The squad and platoon leader's sector sketch identifies TRPs and primary areas of possible engagement. The sector sketch also identifies possible avenues of approach for enemy armored vehicles. Each shoulder-launched munition shares a sector of fire with the primary small-arms weapon assigned to its position. Because the shoulder-launched munition is neither a primary nor crew-served weapon, it does not require a separate range card. When assigning sectors of fire, squad and platoon leaders inform firers of all possible target areas, TRPs, and prearranged signals (Figure 7-8). (FMs 7-7, 3-21.71, and 7-8 provide more information about the squad and platoon sector sketch). Leaders provide each designated position with two or more shoulder-launched munitions.

Squad Sector Sketch
Figure 7-8. Squad sector sketch.

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