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Cc apilas.jpg
soldier preparing to fire the APILAS.
Type Anti-tank weapon
Place of origin France
Service history
In service 1984-present
Used by See Users

Gulf War[1]

Syrian Civil War[2]
Production history
Designer GIAT Industries
Manufacturer GIAT Industries
Unit cost €2,000
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 antitank rocket projectile
APILAS launcher
External images
APILAS - 1983 1st Version
APILAS and soldier 1[3]
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.[citation needed]


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
  • Length
    • Launcher:
      • Transportation: 1290 mm
      • Fire-ready: 1260 mm
    • Projectile: 920 mm
  • Weight:
    • 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


Map with APILAS operators in blue

Current operators[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Rottman, Gordon L. (1993). Armies of the Gulf War. Elite 45. Osprey Publishing. pp. 58–59. ISBN 9781855322776. 
  2. ^ https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/07/11/567753/Syria-French-weapons-[better source needed]
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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