Type 87 grenade launcher

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Type 87 Grenade Launcher
Type 87 Grenade Launcher.jpg
A Type 87 grenade launcher mounted on a tripod on display in Beijing.
Type Grenade launcher
Place of origin China
Service history
Wars Syrian Civil War
Production history
Manufacturer Norinco
Weight 26 lb (12 kg) (Light with scope)
44 lb (20 kg) (Heavy with scope)
Length 38 in (970 mm)

Cartridge 35x32 mm grenade
Action Air cooling, gas-operated (direct impingement)
Rate of fire 120-500 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 190 m/s (620 ft/s)
Effective firing range 600 m
Maximum firing range 1,750 m
Feed system 6 or 15 rounds drum magazine

The Type 87 (also known as QLZ87) 35 mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL) is an air-cooled, gas operated[1] fully automatic weapon and is crew transportable (12~20 kg) with limited amounts of ammunition.[2] It can fire a variety of 35 mm grenades stored in the 6-or 15-round cartridge drum. The Type 87 is described by NORINCO as "Mini Infantry Artillery". The 35 mm grenade pierces armour up to 80 mm thick and produces fragments to kill or wound personnel within 10 meters of the point of impact. The Type 87 can fire on a tripod or by using the bipod fixed on the barrel. It can also be mounted on armoured vehicles or helicopters. The launcher is capable of attacking low-flying air targets as well as targets on the ground.


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  1. ^ [1] Sino Defence, QLZ87 35mm Automatic Grenade Launcher
  2. ^ Blasko, Dennis J. (17 June 2013). The Chinese Army Today: Tradition and Transformation for the 21st Century. Routledge. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-136-51997-0. 

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