Half of the LTTE’s weapons, especially small arms and light weapons, have been left in the unidentified category. A grenade launcher is one example in the unidentified weapons category.
A grenade launcher is a highly effective ‘direct-fire’ infantry weapon system against personnel and light-vehicles. It is believed that the LTTE is operating more than ninety 40mm grenade launchers. This weapon is quite useful for specific occasions such as police duties because it can deploy not only HE shells but smoke grenades, flares, even rubber bullets.
However, in case of a single-shot GL, there are only two examples; HK 69 and M-79 40mm GL. The LTTE cadre’s grenade launcher seems a copy of HK-69A1. This copy has a longer barrel than the original for compensating its possibly worse accuracy.
Figure 2: a Single shot Grenade Launcher, HK-69A1