73mm LRAC

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LRAC 73-50
Type Anti-tank rocket launcher
Place of origin France
Service history
Wars Korean War
Production history
Manufacturer DEFA
Weight 6.7 kg (14.7 lb)
Length 1.2 m (3.9 feet)

Caliber 73 mm
Rate of fire 4 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity 170 m/s (557.7 ft/s)
Effective firing range 200 m (656.2 feet)
Maximum firing range 1,200 m (3,937 feet)
Filling RDX/TNT[1]
Filling weight 300 g
External images
LRAC 73-50
LRAC 73-50, showing firing shield and sight

The LRAC de 73mm Mle 1950 (lance-roquettes antichar de 73 mm modèle 1950 (LRAC 73-50)) was a French antitank rocket launcher produced and fielded in the 1950s. The LRAC fired a 73-mm high explosive antitank projectile that was capable of penetrating over 11 inches of rolled homogenous armor when struck at a 90-degree angle of impact.[2] The LRAC 73-50 was replaced in French service by the 3.5-inch M20 Bazooka.

The LRAC 73-50 had a shield to protect the operator's face from the rocket's back-blast.[3]


  1. ^ Bollendorf, p. 300.
  2. ^ COMHART Volume 10, p. 66.
  3. ^ www.musee-infanterie.com
  • J. E. Stauff, J. Guillot, and R. Dubernet, Comité pour l'histoire de l'armement terrestre (COMHART) Tome 10 Armaments Antichars Missiles Guidés et Non Guidés, Délégué Général pour l'Armement, 1996
  • John Bollendorf, ST-CW-07-29-74 Projectile Fragment Identification Guide Foreign, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington: GPO, 31 December 1973 (DIA Guide)