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Armbrust

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Rocket launcher

  • ORIGIN
    Germany

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    Mid 1970's

  • DESIGNER
    Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm

  • PRODUCTION
    Late 1970's - 1988 (German production)
    Early 1990's - present (Singaporese production)

  • PRODUCERS
    Belgium - PRB
    Germany - MBB
    Singapore - ST Kinetics

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    No firing signature
    Good range
    Fires from confined spaces
    Easy to use
    Average penetration
    Heavier than weapons with similar penetration

Introduction

The Armbrust is a rocket launcher of German origin. It was developed in the mid 1970's by MBB. It delivers a similar performance as the American LAW, but in a heavier package that is very suitable for urban warfare due to the Davis countershot principle.

Design

The Armbrust is a single shot disposable rocket launcher. It uses the Davis countershot principle in which the rocket is positioned in the forward half of the launch tube, two pistons in the middle and mass at the rear. Upon firing the rocket's gas emissions are trapped between the pistons which move towards both ends of the launch tube, with the rocket leaving the tube on one side and the mass being pushed out on the other side. The result is that there is no firing signature, no recoil and no backblast. The sight and vertical grips are attached to the launch tube. The forward grip covers the trigger when folded.

Firepower

The Armbust fires a rocket which has a very flat trajectory out to its maximum effective range of 300 meters. The flat trajectory increases the chance to hit. The HEAT warhead has a penetration of 300mm RHA. Other types of warhead are available.

Users

Although being of German origin, the Armbrust was never acquired in quantity by Germany. Since the 1980's it has been adopted by several nations. The Armbrust remains in production in Singapore, even though it is being replaced by the more powerful Matador in Singaporean service.

Variants

Armbrust

The Armbrust is a disposable rocket launcher based on the Davis countershot principle. As a result it hardly has any firing signature but is also heavier and more costly than weapons with the same anti-armor capability. The version with HEAT warhead is most common version. An anti-personnel and training version have been developed.

TypeRocket launcher
Crew1
Caliber67 mm
Length850 mm
Width75 mm
Height?
Weight6.3 kg
SightsOptical
AmmunitionHEAT
GuidanceNone, free flight
Velocity210 m/s at muzzle
Range
Penetration300 mm RHA
RemarksDisposable launcher

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