Infantry weapons / Rocket launchers / M9 Bazooka

M9 Bazooka

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Rocket launcher

  • ORIGIN
    United States

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    1942

  • DESIGNER
    Edward Uhl

  • PRODUCTION
    1942 - 1944 (M1)
    1944 - ? (M9)

  • PRODUCERS
    United States

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Reuseable launch tube
    Limited armor penetration
    Unreliable ammunition
    Large backblast and smoke trail

Introduction

The Bazooka is a rocket launcher of United States origin. It was developed during World War 2 to provide portable anti-armor capability for infantry. The nickname Bazooka was derived from the similar looking musical instrument.

Design

The Bazooka consists of a metal launch tube with iron sights, shoulder rest and vertical grip. The single piece 60mm rockets are loaded from the rear. The Bazooka is electrically fired by pulling the trigger placed at the vertical grip. The crew of two consists of an operator and a loader.

Firepower

The 60mm HEAT rockets can penetrate up to 100mm of homogenous steel armor. The improved rounds used in the M9 penetrate up to 125mm. The maximum effective range is 100 meters. A rate of fire of 6 rounds per minute can be achieved.

Users

The Bazooka was widely used by US forces during World War 2. The improved Super Bazooka replaced it during the Korean War. The Bazooka was provides to European armed forces and other allies once no longer needed by US forces.

Variants

M1 Bazooka

The M1 was the original version of the Bazooka. The M1A1 is a simplified design with an improved electrical system and without a forward handgrip.

TypeRocket launcher
Crew1 or 2
Caliber60 mm
Length1.37 m
Width?
Height?
Weight5.9 kg empty
SightsMechanical
AmmunitionM6 shaped charge rocket
GuidanceNone, free flight
Velocity?
Range
Penetration80 mm RHA
RemarksReusable launcher
TypeRocket launcher
Crew1 or 2
Caliber60 mm
Length1.37 m
Width?
Height?
Weight5.8 kg empty
SightsMechanical
AmmunitionM6A1 shaped charge rocket
GuidanceNone, free flight
Velocity?
Range
Penetration80 mm RHA
RemarksReusable launcher

M9 Bazooka

The M9 is a strengthened and improved version of the M1A1. This allows it to fire the improved M6A3 rocket. The improvements include an optical sight and metal furniture. The M9A1 has the battery ignition replaced by a magneto trigger.

TypeRocket launcher
Crew1 or 2
Caliber60 mm
Length1.55 m
Width?
Height?
Weight6.5 kg empty
SightsMechanical
AmmunitionM6A3 shaped charge rocket
GuidanceNone, free flight
Velocity?
Range
Penetration105mm RHA
RemarksReusable launcher

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