M49A2 HE Mortar Shell

M49A2 HE Mortar Shell

The M49A2 HE round is an explosive shell used against infantry and other light area targets. It is painted olive drab. It consists of a hollow body, fin assembly that screws on the rear of the body, and M525 fuse that is attached to the front of the round. A TNT bursting charge is contained in the body and is ignited by the booster charge in the fuse upon impact. The fin assembly contains the ignition cartridge and provides a means for attaching the propelling increments. The fins keep the projectiles stable in flight. It has a minimum range of 200 yards when fired without a boosting charge at a 70° angle and a maximum range of 2017 yards when fired with four boosting charges at a 45° angle. Each round comes in a separate fibre container complete for firing.