The M202 Flame Assault Shoulder Weapon, or FLASH is a US rocket launcher developed in the 1970s as a man-portable incendiary weapon intended to replace WWII-era flamethrowers currently in the US military arsenal.

The FLASH uses a highly flammable incendiary agent that burned at an extremely high temperature as an anti-personnel and structure weapon. The launcher saw service until the mid-1980s, when it was phased out, but has recently been reintroduced armed with thermobaric (fuel-air) warheads, warheads designed to create a large explosion with a powerful blast wave and intense heat. Thermobaric warheads are particularly devastating against structures and caves.


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