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L96A1 66mm Riot Control Grenade
L97A1 66mm Riot Control Practice Grenade

The L96A1 is a riot control grenade (technically Grenade, Discharger, Anti-Riot Irritant) that dispenses CS gas. It is launched from 66mm vehicle mounted dischargers, usually in a 4 grenade salvo. Each L96A1 grenade contains 23 individual cannisters filled with CS compound, providing a number of CS sources, rather than a single plume. The L97A1 is a companion training version (Grenade, Discharger, Anti-Riot, Practice) of the L96A1, using cinammic acid (CA) smoke to simulate CS. Both types of grenades weigh 568 grams (1.25 pounds), and are 185mm (7.28 inches) long with a diameter of 66mm (2.6 inches). The L96A1 has a burn time of 8 seconds and a deployment range of 65 to 95 meters.

The L96A1 and L97A1 grenades were developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom, which is why the grenades are designated using their nomenclature system. The developmental designations were XL96E1 and XL97E1 respectively. The L96A1 and L97A1 grenades are improved versions of the L11A1 and the L14A1 grenades respectively that were previously standard issue in the UK armed forces.

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