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LAU-3 ROCKET LAUNCHER

Posted 2/15/2011 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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LAU-3 Rocket Laucher
DAYTON, Ohio - The LAU-3 Rocket Launcher on display in the First In, Last Out: Wild Weasels vs. SAMs exhibit in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The early Wild Weasels (and the accompanying F-105Ds) employed the reusable nineteen-shot LAU-3 rocket launcher to attack SAM sites. The F-100Fs typically carried two LAU-3s while the F-105Ds carried four. 

The LAU-3 could fire its 2.75-inch rockets individually, rapidly in sequence or all at once. These rockets carried either high explosive (HE), high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) or white phosphorus (WP) warheads. 

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