B-300

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B-300
Type Anti-tank
Place of origin  Israel
Service history
Used by See Users
Wars 1st and 2nd Intifada, 2006 Lebanon War, Gaza War
Production history
Designer Israeli Military Industries
Designed 1970s
Manufacturer Israeli Military Industries
Produced 1980s-Present
Specifications
Weight 3.65 kg (8.0 lb) empty
8 kg (18 lb) loaded
Length 1.440 m (4 ft 8.7 in)
Crew 1

Caliber 82 mm (3.2 in)
Rate of fire 3 rounds per minute
Maximum firing range 400 m (1,300 ft)
Sights Iron, Telescopic, Night Vision

The B-300 is a reusable man-portable anti-tank weapon system developed by Israeli Military Industries in the late 1970s for use by the Israel Defense Forces. The B-300 can be carried and operated by a single operator and is effective to approximately 400 meters (1,312 ft).[1] Pre-packaged munitions and simple operating mechanisms make the weapon quite versatile, permitting use by airborne, motorized, and ground troops alike. When defence publications first heard reports of the B-300 in the early 1980s, various reports stated in error that it was an Israeli improved and manufacture of the Russian RPG-7.[2]

Usage[edit]

Munitions used by the B-300 are propelled by a solid rocket motor, and can be equipped with one of two warhead variants. The first, high explosive anti-tank round, provides specialized support for anti-tank missions. The second, known as a high explosive follow-through round, is designed for use against fortified targets or enemy units behind cover. A primary charge punches a hole through the protective structure, allowing a secondary anti-personnel charge to pass through and detonate within the building. The B-300 produced during the 1980s and entered service in limited quantities within Israeli Defence Forces SF units.

Further development[edit]

SMAW[edit]

The Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) is a shoulder-launched rocket weapon, also designed by Israel Military Industries, with the primary function of being a portable anti-armor rocket launcher. It was introduced to the U.S. armed forces in 1984. It has a maximum range of 500 m against a tank-sized target.

Shipon[edit]

IMI Shipon

During the late 1990s, IMI introduced the Shipon, an advanced reusable multi-purpose shoulder-launched rocket system consisting of a launch tube and FCS module.[3] The Shipon includes an advanced fire-control system, helping to aim and increasing effective range to 600 meters.[4] The Shipon fires two types of rockets: HEAA Tandem, which penetrates 800 mm of steel armor after explosive reactive armor, and a bunker-buster rocket. The Shipon is in service within Israeli Special Forces units in the IDF and the YAMAM (the elite police counter-terror unit).

Users[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IMI B-300 light anti-armour weapon". Jane's Information Group. 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2008-10-30. [dead link]
  2. ^ "International Defense Digest". International Defense Review. No.11/1982. page 1495. ISSN 0020-8512 (SZ).
  3. ^ "IMI Shipon anti-armour weapon". Jane's Information Group. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2008-10-30. [dead link]
  4. ^ "SHIPON Anti-Tank Weapon". Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  5. ^ "Granaadiheitja B-300". Retrieved 2012-05-10. 

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