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soldier preparing to fire the APILAS.
|Place of origin||France|
|Used by||See Users|
Syrian Civil War
|Weight||9 kg (19.84 lb)|
|Length||1,300 mm (51.2 in)|
|Barrel length||180 mm (7.1 in)|
|Caliber||112 mm (4.4 in)|
|Muzzle velocity||293 m/s (961 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||25–350 m|
|APILAS - 1983 1st Version|
|APILAS and soldier 1|
|APILAS and soldier 2|
|APILAS and soldier 3|
|APILAS and soldier 4|
|APILAS launcher and rocket|
|APILAS rocket projectile|
APILAS (Armor-Piercing Infantry Light Arm System) is a portable one-shot 112 mm recoilless anti-tank weapon, designed in France by GIAT Industries. Over 120,000 of the APILAS launchers have been produced, and they are in service with many countries.
The APILAS is supplied in an aramid fibre launcher tube with a retractable sight. The effective range of APILAS is from 25 m (it takes 25 m for the rocket to arm itself) up to 500 – 600 m depending on the target. The shaped charge warhead is electrically fused and will detonate at impact angles up to 80 degrees.
An off-route mine system was developed using the APILAS rocket mounted on a tripod using a sensor package, or tripwires.
- Calibre: 112 mm
- Transportation: 1290 mm
- Fire-ready: 1260 mm
- Projectile: 920 mm
- Overall: 9.0 kg
- Projectile: 4.3 kg
- Launcher: 4.7 kg
- Range: 25 m to 300 m + (moving target) 500 m + (static target)
- Engine: Solid-fuel rocket
- Muzzle velocity: 293 m/s
- Time of flight to 500 m: 1.9 s
- Warhead: 1.5 kg shaped charge capable of penetrating 720 mm RHAe or 2 m of concrete
- Trigger: Piezoelectric sensor with 50g black powder
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- Free Syrian Army
- Rottman, Gordon L. (1993). Armies of the Gulf War. Elite 45. Osprey Publishing. pp. 58–59. ISBN 9781855322776.
- https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/07/11/567753/Syria-French-weapons-[better source needed]
- the first versions did not have the gunner's face mask, but was added later due to unburn propellant after the projectile left the tube
- Jenzen-Jones, N.R. (8 September 2015). "French APILAS anti-tank weapon in Syria". armamentresearch.com.
- Jane's Infantry Weapons 2005-2006
- Jane's Mines and Mine Clearance 2005-2006
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