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Vietnam War Weapons

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/3/2015

The Vietnam War utilized a wide mix of small arms, airpower, naval systems and armored vehicles.


The Vietnam War stemmed from a culmination of rising tensions, alliances and expansion of ideologies during of the Cold War primarily fought between the Soviet Union and the West. One battlefield for the war became Southeast Asia involving the nations of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Communist-backed North Vietnamese forces squared off against the democratic South Vietnamese (allied with the United States) that produced a bloody conflict taking thousands of lives. The Vietnam War officially began on November 1st, 1955 and would last until April 30th, 1975 with the fall of Saigon - covering over 19 years of consistent conflict that resulted in 1.1 million deaths ofr the communists and 315,384 total deaths for South Vietnam and her allies (United States: 58,159 casualties). Total civilian deaths numbered between 420,000 and 2.5 million.

The United States formed a large part of the military presence in the war. Communist-friendly forces were made up of the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong, the latter a pro-communist guerilla force originating from South Vietnam. Despite the vast resources, manpower and show of force, the West failed in containing the spread of NVA forces resulting in a North Vietnamese victory and subsequently unifying both North and South Vietnam under the rule of the communist North.

POWERS: United States, South Vietnam, South Korea, Australia, Philippines, New Zealand, Thailand, Khmer Republic, Kingdom of Laos and Republic of China (Taiwan)


Beechcraft King Air
Bell AH-1 Cobra / HueyCobra
Bell OH-58 Kiowa
Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey)
Boeing B-47 Stratojet
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter
Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight
Boeing CH-47 Chinook
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
Boeing VC-137 Stratoliner
Cessna A-37 Dragonfly
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog
Cessna O-2 Skymaster
Cessna T-37 Tweet
Cessna T-41 Mescalero
Convair B-36 Peacemaker
Convair B-58 Hustler
Convair C-131 Smaritan
Convair F-102 Delta Dagger
Convair F-106 Delta Dart
Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou
Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Douglas A-26 / B-26 Invader
Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
Douglas B-26K Counter Invader
Douglas B-66 Destroyer
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Douglas AC-47 Spooky
Douglas C-54 Skymaster
Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior
Douglas F3D / F-10 Skyknight
English Electric Canberra B-57
Fairchild AC-119 Shadow/Stinger
Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
Fairchild C-123 Provider
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
Grumman C-2 Greyhound
Grumman A-6 Intruder
Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
Grumman C-1A/TF-1 Trader
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Grumman F8F Bearcat
Grumman F9F Cougar
Grumman HU-16 Albatross
Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
Grumman WF-2/E-1 Tracer
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse
Kaman HH-43 Huskie
Kaman SH-2 Seasprite
Lockheed AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
Lockheed C-69 Constellation
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion
Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady
Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talon
Lockheed P2V Neptune
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
McDonnell Douglas C-9
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel
McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
McDonnell F3H Demon
North American T-2 Buckeye
North American A-5 Vigilante
North American F-100 Super Sabre
North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
North American T-28 Trojan
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter/Tiger II
Northrop Grumman EA-6 Prowler
Piasecki / Boeing Vertol H-21
Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion
Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe
Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw
Sikorsky H-34/CH-34 Choctaw
Sikorsky HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King
Vought A-7 Corsair II
Vought F-8 Crusader

Small Arms

Browning Auto-5
Browning M1917 MG
Browning M1919 MG
Browning M2HB HMGun
China Lake GL
Colt/AAI M203 GL
Colt CAR-15 Commando
Colt M16A1 Rifle
Colt M1911 Pistol
Colt M1917 Revolver
Enfield L1A1 Rifle
FN FAL Rifle
GE M134 Minigun
Hughes/Raytheon BGM-71 TOW
Ingram MAC-10 SMG
Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight
Ithaca Model 37 Stakeout
Lithgow F1 SMG
M1 Carbine
M1 Thompson SMG
M18 Claymore
M2 Flamethrower
M20 75mm Recoilless Rifle
M21 Sniper Rifle
M26 Grenade
M61 Grenade
M67 Recoilless Rifle, 90mm
M79 Grenade Launcher
MAS 49 Rifle
Mk 2 Grenade
Mortar, 60mm M19
Mortar, 60mm M2
Mortar, 81mm M1
Ontario Mark III Combat Knife
Owen SMG
Remington Model 870
Rock Island M21 Sniper Rifle
Smith & Wesson Model 67 Revolver
Remington M40 Sniper Rifle
Remington Model 10
Remington Model 11
Remington Model 870
Remington Model 870 Wingmaster
Springfield M14 Rifle
Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector Revolver
Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver
Smith & Wesson M67 Revolver
Smith & Wesson M76 SMG
Stoner M63 LMG
Winchester Model 1200
Winchester Model 1897
Winchester Model 1912
XM174 Automatic GL


Centurion MBT
Daimler Armored Car
M108 SPG
M109 SPG
M110 SPA
M113 APC
M114 IFV
M163 Vulcan
M24 Chaffee
M35 / G742 "Deuce-and-a-Half"
M41 Walker Bulldog
M42 Duster
M48 Patton MBT
M50 Ontos
M53 155mm SPG
M55 155mm SPG
M56 Scorpion
M551 Sheridan
M60 Patton MBT
M706 Commando
M715 Kaiser
M88 Hercules
Willys-Overland / Ford JEEP


M1A1 Pack Howitzer
Rock Island Arsenal M101
Rock Island Arsenal M102
Rock Island Arsenal M114 Howitzer


Armored Troop Carrier (ATC)
Assault Support Patrol Boat (ASPB)
Command and Communications Boat (CCB)
Higgins Boat LCVP
HMAS Brisbane (D 41)
PACV / ACV (Pac-Vee / Monster)
PBR (Patrol Boat, Riverine)
Patrol Craft, Fast (PCF) (Swift Boat)
USS America (CV-66)
USS Canberra (CA-70)
USS Carronade (IFS-1)
• USS Constellation (CV-64)
• USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
USS Flint (AR-32/T-AE-32)
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
• USS Hancock (CV-19)
USS Hornet (CV-12)
USS Intrepid (CV-11)
USS Iowa (BB-61)
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8)
• USS Midway (CV-41)
USS New Jersey (BB-62)
• USS Newport News (CA-148)
USS Okinawa (LPH-3)
• USS Oklahoma City (CL-91)
• USS Oriskany (CV-34)
• USS Providence (CL-82)
• USS Ranger (CV-61)
USS Saratoga (CV-60)
USS Wichita (AOR-1)
USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
USS Wrangel (AE-12)
USS Yorktown (CV-10)

POWERS: North Vietnam, Viet Cong, Khmer Rouge, Pathet Lao, People's Republic of China (China), Soviet Union and North Korea.


Antonov An-2 (Colt)
Antonov An-24 (Coke)
Ilyushin IL-28 (Beagle)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Mil Mi-4 (Hound)
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)

Small Arms

50mm "Sky Horse" Mortar
Degtyarev DP LMG
DShK Model 1938 MG
D-20 (M1955)
Kalashnikov AK-47
M1938 120mm Mortar
M-46 (M1954)
Makarov PM
Mauser C98
Mondragon Rifle
• Mortar, 81mm
Nagant M1895 Revolver
• Recoilless Rifle, 75mm
RPG-2 Launcher
SA-7 "Grail" SAM
Simonov SKS
Tokarev SVT-40
Tokarev TT-33
Type 24 (Chiang Kai-Shek Rifle)
Type 56 Assault Rifle
Type 58 Assault Rifle


Katyusha BM-8/BM-13/BM-31
PT-76 Tank
T-55 MBT
Type 34/85 Tank
Type 54 MBT
Type 55 MBT
Type 59 MBT
Type 62 Light Tank
Type 63 Light Tank
Type 63 APC
ZSU-23-4 (Shilka) AAA


100mm KS-19 AA Gun
130mm Model 1954 (M-46)
152mm Model 1955 (D-20)
85mm D-44
AZP S-60