China – Type 56 Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher

Last updated on March 12th, 2019 at 05:42 pm

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 weighs 4 pounds (1.84kg)

Russian RPG-2 in Vietnam

The Type 56 itself is 4 feet (1.2m) long and weighs 6.24lbs (2.83kg).

Type 56 anti-tank grenade launcher. Source: Probert Encyclopaedia

It has an effective range of 164 yards(150m) and is believed to be  capable of penetrating 10.4inches (265mm) of armor with Chinese HEAT ammunition and between 5.9 and 6.9 inches (150 and 175 mm) with Russian HEAT ammunition.