Infantry weapons / Recoilless rifles / Folgore

Folgore

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Recoilless rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Italy

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1980's

  • DESIGNER
    Breda Meccanica Bresciana

  • PRODUCTION
    1986 - 1990's

  • PRODUCERS
    Italy - Breda Meccanica Bresciana

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Long effective range
    Very good accuracy
    Good rate of fire
    Limited armor penetration
    Large and heavy

Introduction

The Folgore is a recoilless rifle of Italian origin. It was developed in the early 1980's by Breda. The Folgore design is unique as its provides a very good range and accuracy.

Design

The Folgore is a recoilless rifle with a conventional breech loading design, but differs in two aspects. First of all it uses rocket boosted ammunition that provides a very flat trajectory and long range. Second, when used on the tripod a large coincidence type range finder can be fitted which extends the effective range.

Firepower

The Folgore fires 80mm diameter HEAT rounds with a penetration of 450mm RHA, which is too little to engage modern tanks. Used with the magnifying range finder sight the maximum range is 1 km. When used from the bipod the effective range is halved. The maximum rate of fire is about 4 rpm, which can be maintained for two minutes before the weapon becomes too hot.

Mobility

Given its caliber the Folgore is rather heavy. In the bipod setup it can be easily carried by two men on the battlefield. When fitted with the sight and tripod it is less mobile and mostly used as a static weapon. Over longer distances it is normally transported by vehicle.

Users

The Folgore was only adopted by the Italian forces. It is used both in the bipod and tripod setup and has not been fitted to vehicles. The Folgore remains in service today although in its role as an anti-armor weapon it has been supplemented by more capable weapons.

Variants

Folgore

The Folgore comes in only one version but it is used in two setups. In the infantry role it is used with a small bipod and aimed using iron sights. As a crew served weapon it is used on a tripod and is fitted with the large range finding sight.

TypeRecoilless rifle
Crew2
Caliber80 mm
Length1.85 m
Tube length?
Width?
Height?
Weight27 kg
Firing arc360° traverse
SightsMechanical or 5x range finding optical sight
AmmunitionHEAT
Velocity300 m/s at launch, 500 m/s in flight
Penetration450mm RHA
Range500 m on bipod, 1 km on tripod
Rate of fire4 rpm
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