7-7. The four engagement methods include single, sequence, pair, and volley firing. The leader evaluates the situation on the ground to determine which of these methods to use. Regardless of whether they are used singly or in combination, communications are needed as well. The methods of engagement are rehearsed IAW unit SOP.
7-8. A single Soldier with one shoulder-launched munition may engage an armored vehicle, but this is not the preferred method of engagement. Several shoulder-launched munitions are required to kill an armored vehicle. A single firer firing one round must hit a vital part of the target to damage it at all (Figure 7-4). A single firer can engage targets out to 225 meters with the M72-series LAW or 300 meters with the M136 AT4 when he knows the actual range.
7-9. A single firer, equipped with two or more shoulder-launched munitions prepared for firing, engages the target. After engaging with the first round and observing the impact, the firer adjusts his point of aim, engages with another round, and so on until he destroys the target or runs out of rounds (Figure 7-5).
7-10. Two or more firers, equipped with two or more shoulder-launched munitions prepared for firing, engage a single target. Before firing, the first firer informs the others of the estimated speed and distance to the target. If the impact of his round proves his estimate to be correct, the other firers engage the target until it is destroyed. If the impact of the round proves his estimate to be incorrect, the second firer informs the others of his own estimate, and then he engages the target. This continues until the target is destroyed or all rounds are expended (Figure 7-6).
7-11. Two or more firers can engage a single target when the range is known. These firers engage the target at the same time on a prearranged signal such as a command, whistle, booby trap, mine, or target reference point (TRP). This can be the most effective means of engagement as it places the most possible rounds on one target at one time, increasing the possibility of a kill (Figure 7-7).
7-12. Leaders control all unit fire and communicate this information to the entire unit IAW unit SOP. Shoulder-launched munitions firers must know —
• Designated firers.
• Target priority.
• Method of engagement.
• Command or signal to fire.
• Command or signal to cease fire.
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