Infantry weapons / Grenade launchers / QLZ04

QLZ04

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Automatic grenade launcher

  • ORIGIN
    China

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    Early 2000's

  • DESIGNER
    Norinco

  • PRODUCTION
    Mid 2000's - present

  • PRODUCERS
    China - Norinco

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited weight
    Mediocre effective range

Introduction

The QLZ-04 is an automatic grenade launcher of Chinese origin. It was developed in the early 2000's as an alternative to the older QLZ-87 for use as a crew served or vehicle mounted weapon. The same ammunition as the QLZ-87 is used but the belt fed design is better suited at providing support fire.

Design

The QLZ-04 is a gas operated weapon and its 'free bolt mechanism' might refer to the use of the blowback principle. The belt feeds from the left and the belt box can be attached to the weapon. The QLZ-04 is tripod or pintle mounted and is fitted with spade grips. Normally an optical sight is used and crude backup iron sights are available in the carrying handle.

Firepower

The QLZ-04 fires 35mm Type 87 grenades from a 30 round belt. The cyclic rate of fire is 350 to 400 rpm and the maximum range is 1.75 km. All types of 35mm rounds can be fired. A drawback is that switching ammunition types requires reloading and no dual purpose ammunition is available.

Users

The QLZ-04 is reportedly in Chinese service and has been exported in small quantities. It is likely to supplement or even replace the QLZ-87 as a crew served or vehicle mounted weapon since it is much more capable in that role.

Variants

QLZ-04

The QLZ-04 is produced only in a single version. It might be tripod or vehicle mounted but unlike the QLZ-87 it is not available as a personal weapon. The barrel and muzzle look similar to the QLZ-87 but the two are easily distinct. The QLZ-04 is belt fed, has a rectangular receiver and is fitted with spade grips.

TypeAutomatic grenade launcher
Caliber37x32mm Chinese
MagazineBelt fed, 30 rounds
OperationGas operated
Fire selector?
Rate of fire350 - 400 rpm
Barrel length380 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity190 m/s
Stock-
Length1.028 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight20 kg
SightsOptical sight, backup iron sights
Remarks-

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