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W86

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Mortar

  • ORIGIN
    China

  • NICKNAMES
    Type 86

  • DESIGNED
    1980's

  • DESIGNER
    ?

  • PRODUCTION
    1980's - present

  • PRODUCERS
    China - Norinco

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good range
    Good rate of fire
    Heavy

Introduction

The W86 is a mortar of Chinese origin. It was developed to replace the older Type 55 in Chinese service, but it is unknown if it was adopted.

Layout

The W86 is a smoothbore mortar which is more modern and lighter than the previous Type 55. It features a recoil buffer that is wrapped around the barrel as with the 81mm W87 mortar. A conventional bipod and triangular baseplate are fitted. During travel a small two wheel carriage is used to transport the W86, which is towed by its muzzle. The crew consists of 7 to 9 people.

Firepower

The W86 fires a new series of 120mm shells out to 7.7 km. Old pattern Soviet and Chinese 120mm shells can also be fired but out to shorter ranges. The maximum rate of fire is 20 rpm.

Mobility

Although the W86 can be disassembled in several pieces it is far to heavy to be man portable. The two wheel carriage allows it to be towed by troops into position and by light vehicle over longer distances. The W86 is also available on a turntable for mounting it in vehicles such as the YW-531H.

Users

It is not known if the W86 is in use with Chinese forces. It has been exported to several nations.

Variants

W86

The W86 is a modern smoothbore 120mm mortar. It can be identified by its recoil buffer that is wrapped around the barrel and small wheel carriage is used for transportation

  • Specifications:
  • W86
TypeMortar
Crew7 - 9
Ordnance120mm smoothbore mortar, 1.54 m tube
Elevation+40 to +80°
Traverse5° left and right on bipod, 360° on baseplate
Rate of fire20 rpm (max)
Range400 m to 7.7 km (max)
CarriageSeparate 2 wheel carriage
Weight206 kg (firing position), 291 kg (travelling)
Length2.36 m (travelling)
Width1.56 m (travelling)
Height1.08 m (travelling)
Towing vehicle4x4 light truck
Speed?
Remarks-

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