Category Archives: Anti Tank Weapons

Czechoslovakia – M59 and M59A RCLs

The M59 and M59A RCLs are identical, except that the M59A has fins around the chamber. These fins are supposedly to help cooling, although it is doubtful that the firing rate would ever be so high that overheating would present a problem.

The M59 RCL and the M59A RCL gun can each fire 13.2 pound (96kg,)

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Finland – 95 SM58-61 Recoilless Anti-Tank Gun

Finland's 3.74inches (95mm) caliber SM58-61 recoilless anti-tank gun fires HE or HEAT projectiles. It mounted on and fired from a two wheeled carriage. A crew of three operates the 95 SM 58-61 recoilless anti-tank gun. The gun weighs only 308.6lb (140kg) and has tow/carry handles on its frame that allow the crew to move into position if
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Finland – M-55 Recoilless Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher

The M-55 recoilless anti-tank grenade launcher is a light 2.1 6inch (55mm) caliber, shoulder-fired, reusable grenade launcher that was developed in Finland.  As of 2010, it is still in service with the Finnish Army.

The grenade is front loaded into the M-55, an unusual loading method that is also used with Russian RPGs.

Targeting is

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France – Apilas Infantry Light Anti-Tank System

The Apilas infantry light anti-tank system was created in France and is designed to give the infantryman the ability to destroy armored vehicles.  It  is used by the French army as well as the armies of a number of other countries.

The total weight of the Apilas, including preloaded projectile, is 19.84 pounds (9kg).

The 4.4

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France – Eryx Short Range Anti-Tank Missile System

France has been producing the Eryx short-range anti-tank missile system since 1991.  It is used by the French, Norwegian and Canadian armies and is issued to infantry, airborne and special forces.

The Eryx short range anti-tank missile system consists of a 26 pound (12kg) firing tube and an 11 pound (5kg) launching post. The missile

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France – HOT Anti-Tank Missile

The HOT anti-tank missile is the result of a collaboration between France and Germany  HOT, which stands for  Haut subsonique Optiquement Teleguide, is used by the armies of 16 countries.

A versatile weapon, the HOT anti-tank missile can be mounted on a variety of platforms, such as helicopters and AFVs (armored fighting vehicles). The French

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France – Individual Anti-Bunker Anti-Armor Weapon

France's individual anti-bunker anti-armor weapon  (ABB) is a single use, dual purpose disposable shoulder fired weapon.

The individual anti-bunker anti-armor weapon uses a counter-mass principle and has a small backblast area, so it can be used in built up areas. It can be used against machine gun emplacements as well as AFVs.

With an effective

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France – Lance-Roquettes Anti-Char 89mm Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher

The Lance-Roquettes Anti-Char 89mm Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher (ACL89) was developed in France and is designed  to give infantry a lightweight weapon to engage vehicles and infantry.

The ACL89 is made up of a lightweight, collapsible launch tube.  The Lance-Roquettes Anti-Char 89mm Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher can fire anti-personnel  projectiles as well as a HEAT projectile that

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France – WASP Individual Assault Weapon

Frances' WASP individual assault weapon is a disposable, shoulder fired weapon that can be carried by an infantryman.  It is a preloaded weapon. It is used once and then discarded.

The WASP uses a counter-mass principle and is recoilless, so it can be used in confined and built up areas. It can engage AFVs or troops

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Germany – 2.7cm Kampfpistole

Developed from a flare pistol this German anti-tank weapon was used in WWII and intended to fire a small shaped warhead to defeat the armor on tanks.

However the warheads were too small to be effective and the pistols were not accurate at any range.

It may be said that this was one of the

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Germany – 7.92mm Panzerbuchse 38 Rifle

A rifle of complex design by Rheinmetall and used in WWII.

The 0.312inch (7.92mm) round had a hardened steel core.

A large cartridge enabled the rifle to impart a muzzle velocity of 3,740ft/s (1,140m/s) and armor penetration of 1.2inches (30mm) at 110yards (100m).

The PzB38 was costly and prone to dirt damage in use.


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Germany – AP40 Armor-Piercing Ammunition

By the beginning of World War 2, the thickness of armor on tanks had increased significantly. So much so that the majority of previous Anti Tank Weapons were now ineffective.

The Germans were quick to develop the AP40 series of rounds - a tungsten carbide core, wrapped in light alloy.

The lighter round achieved higher

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