Category Archives: Anti Tank Weapons

Argentina – Cibel-2K Missile

Argentina based the design of the Cibel-2K missile on that of its Mathogo Missile. The Cibel-2K missile uses SACLOS (Semi-Automatic Command to Line of Sight) guidance - a second generation missile guidance system.  An infrared beam is used to guide the Cibel-2K. The operator must use an optical telescope to keep the target in his sight. Read more

Argentina – Mathogo Missile

In the 1970s, an Argentinian company developed the Mathogo missile for the Argentinian army. The Mathogo missile has a first generation guidance system. This means that the operator uses a manual control to steer the missile. An operator can control up to four Mathogo missiles from 55 yards (50m) away. The Mathogo missile can be carried by
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Argentina – Model 1968 RCL

Argentina's Model 1968 RCL is a recoilless gun that can fire 4.13 inch (105mm) high explosive (HE) rounds to an effective maximum range of 10,000 yards (9200m).

The effective range for High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) rounds is about 1300 yards (1200m).

With a muzzle velocity of 1312f/s (400m/s), the Model 1968's hollow charge round can penetrate

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Austria – M40A1 and M40A2 Recoilless Rifles

The M40A1, which is an American design, is currently being used by the Austrian army. There are two versions of the M40A1 recoilless rifle.  One is mounted on a vehicle with a special mounting that gives it a full 360 degree firing circle. The other version is towed. The M40A1 is said to fire at a rate of
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Belgium – MECAR 90mm Light Gun

The Belgian Army mostly uses the MECAR 90mm light gun as an anti-tank weapon. However, this gun is also used to fire other types of ammunition, such as smoke and fragmentation rounds. As an anti-tank gun The MECAR 90mm light gun fires a 7.8 lb (3.54kg), 3.54 inch (90mm) HEAT round. The maximum range is 3,800yards
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Blacker Bombard 29mm Spigot Mortar

The Blacker Bombard was a relatively inexpensive World War Two anti-tank weapon devised by Lt-Col Blacker in the early years of the war.

It was originally designed for use in the battlefield, but was relegated to use by the Home Guard after being replaced by the more portable

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Brazil – M18A1 Recoilless Rifle

Brazil's M18A1 recoilless rifle is a copy of the American M18A1, which is no longer used by the American Army. The M18A1 is suited to the South American arena of combat, where it is particularly effective against APCs and lightly armored vehicles. Weighing 55 pounds (25kg) and with a length  62 inches (1.56m), the M18A1 recoilless rifle can
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Britain – 2 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun

Developed by the Ordnance dept and Vickers but manufactured by BSA for use in World War II.

The 2 Pounder was a heavy gun and was emplaced, thus it could not be moved swiftly.

It had a semi-automatic breech mechanism and telescopic sights.

The gunner was provided with a seat and a full fixed shield

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Britain – 6 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun

Long before World War II began, the British realized they would need to replace their 2 pounder anti-tank gun with a more powerful weapon.  

Design of the 6 pounder anti-tank gun commenced in 1938, and production began  in 1941.

The 6 pounder took half as long to build as the 2 pounder, as the 6 pounder

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China – Type 51 90mm RCL Rocket Launcher

The Chinese Type 51 90mm RCL rocket launcher is a copy of the American M20 3.5 inch (89mm) rocket launcher. The Type 51 RCL fires HEAT projectiles.  It has a muzzle velocity of 320ft/s (98m/s), giving the weapon a range up to 1300yards (1200m). It is capable of penetrating 10.5inches (267mm) of armor. A two man crew operates
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China – Type 56 Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher

The Type 56 anti-tank grenade launcher is a straightforward copy of the Russian RPG-2. It is almost obsolete, but may be held as war stock for use against lightly armored vehicles. The Type 56 reusable anti-tank grenade launcher is shoulder fired.  It can fire either Russian or Chinese Type 50 3.15 inch (80mm) caliber HEAT ammunition, which
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