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Overview


LRAC 89 F1

LRAC launcher loaded with rocket in the firing position.
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Origin
France
Type
Rocket launcher (reloadable)
Entered service
1970's
Status
In service
Development
1964 - early 1970's
Developer
France - Societe Techique de Recherches Industrielles et Mechanique
Production
1970's - 1990's
Producer
France - Giat
Designations
Lance-Roquettes AntiChar de 89 mm modèle F1 (official designation)
LRAC 89 F1 (official abbreviation)
STRIM (early designation)
Notable users
France

Description


Introduction

The LRAC is a Cold War era rocket launcher of French origin. It was developed in the late 1960's to replace the M20 Super Bazooka. The LRAC is a one man system that is reusable and can fire a variety of warheads. Often a second person is assigned to carry ammunition and reload the launcher.

Design

The LRAC features a relatively short metal launch tube with shoulder rest, pistol grip and forward grip. Either a day sight or passive night sight can be fitted. The dual role transport and launch container is inserted at the rear. The rockets are fin-stabilized and fired from their transport container.

Firepower

The LRAC is able to fire a variety of rockets. The HEAT round is able to penetrate about 420mm RHA. The effective range is about 300 to 500 meters, although rockets may travel up to 2.3 km. The maximum rate of fire is 3 to 4 rounds per minute.

Users

The LRAC was the standard rocket launcher in French service. It was replaced in French service in the 90's by the AT4-CS and Eryx. The LRAC was widely exported, mostly to nations with good ties to France.

System composition


LRAC launcher

The LRAC launcher is a reusable launcher for a variety of 89mm rounds. The launcher features a detachable sight unit with optional passive night sight. There are no variants in launcher design.

LRAC ammunition

HEAT: Standard anti-armor round with shaped charge warhead. Penetrates 400mm RHA or one meter of concrete.

MP: Multi purpose round with 1.600 steel balls and smaller shaped charge warhead. Lethal radius of 20 meters and 100mm RHA penetration.

SMOKE: Smoke round producing smoke for about 35 seconds.

ILLUM: Illuminating round that produces 300.000 candela for 30 seconds.

Details


Facts LRAC
General
Origin
France
Type
Rocket launcher
Crew
2
Lifespan
Reusable launcher
Dimensions
Weight
5 kg
Length
1.17 m
Ammunition
Ammunition types
HEAT, multi-purpose, smoke, illumination
Rate of fire
3 to 4 rpm
HEAT warhead
Diameter
80 m
Weight
2.2 kg
Warhead type
Single HEAT warhead
Penetration
400mm RHA
1 m concrete
Velocity
295 m/s upon launch
Range
90 m minimum range
500 m practical maximum range
2.3 km theoretical maximum range
Accessories
Sights
3x APX M309, with 100 to 1.000 m range adjusment
Optional passive night sight
Bipod
Yes

Media


Related articles


Eryx

In the anti-tank role the LRAC was replaced in French service with the Eryx short range anti-tank guided weapon.

AT4

In French service the AT4-CS was adopted as one of the weapons to replace the LRAC. The AT4-CS is a disposable rocket launcher, whereas the LRAC was reusable.