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PF-98 (Type 98)

Man-Portable Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher [ 1998 ]

The PF-98 was introduced in 1998 to succeed the aging lines of Type 65 and Type 78 recoilless rifles in service with the Chinese Army.

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In a world where the Main Battle Tank still dominates the battlefield, it behooves every national military power to invest heavily in tank-stopping / tank-killing solutions such as Anti-Material Rifles (AMRs), Anti-Tank Guided-Missiles (ATGMs), and armor-defeating shoulder-launched rockets. Chinese industry has developed the "PF-98 / Type 98" for this very reason and the design entered series service in 1998. A contemporary to the Swedish "Carl Gustav", German Panzerfaust 3, Russian RPG-29 (all detailed elsewhere on MilitaryFactory.com) and others, the PF-98 currently stocks the inventories of China, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Indonesia, and Zimbabwe.

The PF-98 was taken into service with Chinese Land Forces to succeed an aging stock of Type 65 and Type 78 recoilless rifle models which had run their course.

The weapon, as a complete system, weighs upwards of 22lb and has a length of 1,191mm. A crew of two personnel are required for optimal operation. The mounting assembly can traverse 360-degrees and elevate from -6 to +30 degrees from centerline. A skilled, trained crew can hope to fire between four and six rockets per minute. The complete system is essentially the launch tube, tripod assembly, rocket, and optics set - all of which are part of the man-portable package.

The PF-98 has been improved throughout its service life with the integration of better optics and fire control solutions that have enhanced range-finding, ballistics, compactness, and vision in low-light environments - leading to enhanced accuracy in turn.

The weapon can fire a variety of warhead types including High-Explosive, Anti-Tank (HEAT), incendiary, thermobaric, "bunker-busting", and "air-burst" projectile types - all with the intent of neutralizing enemy armor or dislodging embedded / stubborn enemy infantry. In all cases, the launch tube fires a 120mm caliber projectile which can weight anywhere between 16lb and 20lb. Effective range, therefore, can vary as well - between 800 meters and 2,000 meters. Similarly, penetration values against armor vary depending on projectile in play and range-to-target.

Each projectile has a muzzle rating of 310 meters-per-second.

The base, original PF-98 has since been followed by the improved, lighter-weight PF-98A of 2006 complete with night-vision support.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Designed to engage and defeat armor / enemy tanks at range.

Overall Length
1,191 mm / 46.89 in
Barrel Length
1,191 mm / 46.89 in
Weight (Empty)
22.05 lb / 10.00 kg
Single-Shot; Reusable Launch Tube
*May not represent an exhuastive list; Calibers may be model-specific dependent; Always consult official manufacturer sources.
4x Optics Sight

Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information.

Max.Effective Range
5,905 ft / 1,799.8 m | 1,968.3 yds
6 rpm

PF-98 - Base Series Designation; original production form of 1998.
PF-98A - Improved, lightweight variant with full night-vision support; model of 2006.
Type 98 - Alternative Designation.

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Image of the PF-98 (Type 98)
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