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Anti-Tank Weapons

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/26/2014

The rise of the tank in World War 1 gave rise to a whole new category of armor-defeating weapons in turn.

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There are a total of 80 Anti-Tank Weapons in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Anti-Tank / Anti-Material Rifles are categorized further here.




1942
2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1 (Bazooka)
The M1 "Bazooka" proved one of the stars of the Allied cause during World War 2 and eventually inspired the German "Panzersch...
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1943
8.8cm Raketenwerfer 43 (Puppchen)
Just as the machine gun had altered the state of battlefields prior, the "tank" also arrived with much attention in World War...
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1983
AC58 (Anti-Char, 58mm)
The rifle grenade was a unique development in the realm of both firearms and hand grenades that dramatically increased the en...
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1999
Accuracy International AW50
The Accuracy International AW50 resides in the same league of heavy battlefield guns that include the well-known American Bar...
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2008
Anzio Ironworks Corporation AIC Mag-Fed 20mm
The AIC Mag-Fed rifle is a family of manually actuated, bolt-fed civilian-minded anti-material rifles that are available in 1...
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1992
AT-13 (Saxhorn-2) / 9K115-2 (Metis-M)
The AT-13 "Saxhorn-2" is a man-portable anti-tank missile system of Russian origin and is a modernized form of the original A...
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1970
AT-4 (Spigot) / 9M111 (Fagot)
The AT-4 Spigot anti-tank wire-guided missile system is similar to the French-made MILAN system, though smaller in size. It f...
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1974
AT-5 (Spandrel) / 9M113 (Contest)
The AT-5 (NATO codename of "Spandrel", Soviet Army designation of 9M113 "Konkurs") is a wire-guided anti-tank missile system....
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1979
AT-7 (Saxhorn) / 9M115 (Mongrel)
The AT-7 "Saxhorn" (officially Russian designation of "9K115 Metis", Metis translating to "Mongrel") was developed to coexist...
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2008
Barrett M107
The Barrett M107 began life as the Barrett M95 bolt-action operated sniper rifle (under the US Army designation of "XM107"). ...
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1982
Barrett M82
Barrett Model 82, designated as the "M107" in US military service, was introduced in 1982 by the American Barrett Firearms Co...
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1937
Boys Anti-Tank Rifle
Recognizing the increased reliance on armor by the world's armies in the lead-up to World War 2 (1939-1945), the British Army...
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1921
Browning M2 (HMG)
Very few machine guns in the history of the world own a legacy such as that of famous the Browning M2 heavy machine gun serie...
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1948
Carl Gustav 84mm
The global reach of the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle emphasizes the popularity of the weapon, appearing in three major varian...
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1941
Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (PTRD-41)
The Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (or "PTRD-41", shortened from "Protivo Tankovoye Ruzhyo Degtyaryova") was the most available anti-tan...
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1998
Denel NTW-20
While sniper rifles and their trained snipers specialize in targeting and engagement of personnel, anti-material rifles such ...
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1992
Dynamit-Nobel Panzerfaust 3
The Panzerfaust 3 (PzF 3) is a 60mm single-shot, shoulder-launched disposable anti-tank rocket projector (only the sight and ...
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1990
Heckler & Koch HK WSG2000
The HK WSG2000 was an abandoned anti-material rifle under development by the German firearms firm of Heckler & Koch GmbH. The...
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1996
Helenius RK-97 APH
The Helenius RK-97 APH is a heavy caliber anti-materiel rifle originating from Finland. The system is available in two distin...
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1970
Hughes / Raytheon BGM-71 TOW / TOW-2
The BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile weapon system was developed in the latter half of the 1960s to become the primary anti-armor...
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1980
IMI B-300
The B-300 is an Israeli Military Industries product and is a man-portable anti-tank weapon system. It is designed to engage e...
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1984
IMI M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) / SMAW-D
The M141 (SMAW-D) was developed for the United States Army to fill the role of "bunker buster", though the system itself has ...
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1984
IMI MAPATS (Man-Portable Anti-Tank System)
The MAPATS ("MAn-Portable Anti-Tank System") is an anti-armor solution produced by the Israeli concern of Israeli Military In...
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1975
Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
Improvised Explosive Devices ("IED") are in-the-field detonating devices designed to specifically injure, harass or kill indi...
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2008
IST-14.5 ATR Istiglal (Independence)
The rise of the tank in World War 1 gave rise to the anti-material rifle - specifically the German T-Gewehr of 1918. In the s...
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1996
KBP OSV-96
The Russian OSV-96 is a standard, no-frills large-caliber anti-tank/anti-material precision rifle system of conventional desi...
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1999
KSVK (ASVK)
The KSVK is a heavy anti-material rifle designed by Russian for specialized Russian Army forces. The KSVK is intended for dis...
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1939
Lahti L-39
The Lahti L-39 was an indigenous Finnish 20mm anti-tank rifle design used during the "Winter War" of World War 2. The system...
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1980
LRAC 89-F1 (Lance-Roquettes AntiChar de 89mm modele F1)
The LRAC 89-F1 was developed for the French Army to replace the aging M20A1 Super Bazooka rocket launcher. The M20A1 was an i...
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1987
M136 AT4 Light Anti-Armor Weapon
The M136 AT4 is billed as the United States Army's primary light anti-tank weapon system available to infantry squads and is ...
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1945
M20 75mm
Recoilless rifles are a specialized category of battlefield weaponry that see less service today than in the years following ...
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1961
M28/M29 Davy Crockett
Throughout the Cold War, the Soviet Union served as the potential enemy to Europe and the US military, in large part, was cha...
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1957
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1963
M72 LAW (Light Anti-armor Weapon)
The M72 LAW was the standard shoulder-fired anti-armor weapon for the United States military and its allies throughout the Co...
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1979
M79 Osa (Wasp)
The once-unified nation of Yugoslavia went on to develop a capable indigenous military-industrial complex apart from that off...
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1918
Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr
By 1917, the German Army was forced to develop counter weapons once the British and French began unveiling their "landships" ...
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1972
MDBA MILAN (Missile d'Infanterie Leger ANtichar)
World War 2 armored warfare set the stage for many technological developments that appeared in the ensuing Cold War years. We...
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1950
Mecar ENERGA
With the arrival of the tank on World War 1 (1914-1918) battlefields, there proved a need to develop portable armor counters ...
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1940
No. 73 AT (N73)
The "Miracle at Dunkirk" in Northern France that saw many British and French lives saved under the threat of complete annihil...
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1985
NORINCO HJ-8 (Hongjian-8) (Red Arrow-8)
With design work initially begun during the early part of the 1970s, the arrival of the indigenous Chinese HJ-8 Anti-Tank Gui...
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1970
NORINCO Type 69 RPG
The Type 69 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) is nothing more than a local Chinese copy of the famous Soviet-era RPG-7 series. T...
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1940
Northover Projector
With the invasion of Poland, Britain and France declared war on Germany in 1939. However, the situation turned sour when the ...
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1938
Panzerbuchse 38 (PzB 38)
The Panzerbusche 38 (PzB 38) was an early-war anti-tank rifle design attempt by Gustloff Werke for use by the German Army. B....
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1939
Panzerbuchse 39 (PzB 39)
The Panzerbusche 39 (PzB 39) was a short-lived anti-tank rifle utilized by the German Army in World War 2. The type was devel...
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1943
Panzerfaust 30
The Panzerfaust series of hand-held disposable anti-tank rocket systems was a highly-feared adversary to American tank and ve...
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1943
Panzerfaust 60
The Panzerfaust 60 was an evolution of the Panzerfaust (meaning "Tank Fist" or "Armor Fist") disposable anti-tank rocket laun...
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1943
Panzerschreck (Raketenpanzerbuchse)
The Raketenpanzerbuchse (shortened to "RPzB" or commonly known as the "Panzerschreck" meaning "tank terror" because of its de...
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1993
PGM Hecate II
The PGM Hecate II is a French Army anti-material rifle designed to engage light armored vehicles. The Hecate II is designed a...
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1942
PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank)
With the large loss of anti-tank weaponry at the Battle of Dunkirk in northern France, the British were forced to develop all...
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1997
Rafael Spike
With a relatively short - though deep - history of tank warfare, the Israeli Army has been on the cutting edge of related dev...
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1996
Raytheon / Lockheed Martin FGM-148 Javelin
The Javelin system is categorized as a "3rd Generation" anti-tank guided missile system and represents a lethal capability in...
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1975
Raytheon M47 Dragon
As World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased the value of ranged armor-defeating weapons on the battlefield - primarily through anti-...
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1991
RH-ALAN MACS M2
The MACS M2 is a locally-designed and developed Croatian anti-material rifle. The system is chambered for the effective .50 B...
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1997
RH-ALAN MACS M3
The MACS M3 is a bullpup evolution of the original MACS M2 born from an RH-ALAN of Zagreb design. The original M2 was chamber...
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1994
RH-ALAN RT-20
The RT-20 is an anti-materiel sniper rifle of Croatian origin, part of the region of the world well-known and respected for t...
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1949
RPG-2
The RPG-2 is a rocket-propelled grenade launching system. It can trace its history back to the end days of World War 2 where ...
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1970
RPG-26
The RPG-26 (Rocket Propelled Grenade 26) was developed as a single-shot, disposable anti-tank battlefield solution for the Re...
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1989
RPG-29 Vampir (Vampire)
Just before the end of the Soviet Empire in 1991, the Red Army adopted its newest anti-tank measure - the 105mm RPG-29 rocket...
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2008
RPG-32 (Hashim)
At the start of the new millennium, the governments of Jordan and Mexico commissioned the Russian government-run bureau of Ba...
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1940
RPG-40
RPG-40 (ruchnaya protivotankovaya granata, translating to "hand-held tank grenade") was a standard anti-tank hand grenade uti...
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1943
RPG-43
In June of 1941, the German Army invaded the Soviet Union through "Operation Barbarossa" beginning the East Front which would...
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1943
RPG-6 (Ruchnaya Protivotankovaya Granata)
When the German Army (and its allies) turned its attention to the Soviet Union in June of 1941 to begin "Operation Barbarossa...
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1961
RPG-7
The RPG-7 was the Soviet-produced follow-up in the RPG family series of man-portable, anti-tank rocket launchers unveiled in ...
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1985
Saab Bofors AT4-CS Light Anti-Armor Weapon
The AT4-CS (Confined Space) system is a man-portable shoulder-launched disposable anti-tank missile system designed specifica...
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2003
Saab Bofors MBT-LAW / N-LAW
The Swedes developed the MBT-LAW ("Main Battle Tank and Light Anti-tank Weapon") as a shoulder-fired, man-portable, armor-def...
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1941
Simonov PTRS 1941 (PTRS-41)
Simonov produced the PTRS-41 (or "PTRS 1941") anti-tank rifle for the Red Army during World War 2. While allied with Germany ...
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1938
Solothurn S-18/100
The rise of the tank in World War 1 (1914-1918) forced the development of tank-killing systems to follow. Artillery proved a ...
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1962
SPG-9 Kopye (Spear)
When the tank emerged as a viable warring platform during World War 1 (1914-1918), it fell to engineers to devise new methods...
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1999
Steyr IWS 2000
The Steyr IWS 2000 (IWS = "Infantry Weapon System 2000") was a proposed anti-material rifle born out of a 1980s initiative by...
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2000
Truvelo SR-20
The Truvelo SR-20 is categorized as an anti-material rifle and is the product of the burgeoning South African arms industry. ...
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2001
Type 01 LMAT
Modernization for the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) during the 1990s eventually led to the adoption of the "Type...
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1964
Type 64 ATM (64MAT / KAM-3))
The field of anti-tank weaponry appropriately broadened as tank protection increased from the days of World War 1 (1914-1918)...
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1984
Type 79 Jyu-MAT
As tank armor protection of the Cold War continually evolved, so too did its counters in the form of anti-tank missile launch...
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1989
Type 87 Chu-MAT
The modern Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) relies on the Type 64 MAT, the Type 79 Jyu-MAT and Type 87 Chu-MAT Anti-Ta...
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1939
Type 97 AT (Kyuunana-Shiki Jidouho)
The Empire of Japan tried to outdue all of her wartime counterparts with the introduction of the Type 97 anti-tank rifle. The...
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2007
Vidhwansak AMR
The Vidhwansak is an indigenous anti-material rifle design currently in limited service with the Indian Army. The large and h...
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1987
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1990
Zbrojovka ZB Falcon
The Model 96 Falcon is a bolt-action, large caliber anti-material rifle firing the 12.7mm cartridge. The system is designed t...
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