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PF-98 (Type 98)

Man-Portable Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher

China | 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.

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The physical qualities of the PF-98 (Type 98). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,191 mm
46.89 in
O/A Length
1,191 mm
46.89 in
Barrel Length
22.05 lb
10.00 kg
Single-Shot; Reusable Launch Tube
4x Optics Sight
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the PF-98 (Type 98). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
5,905 ft
1,799.8 m | 1,968.3 yds
Notable series variants as part of the PF-98 (Type 98) Man-Portable Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher family line.
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.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the PF-98 (Type 98). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
National flag of Bangladesh National flag of China National flag of Indonesia National flag of Zimbabwe

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Image of the PF-98 (Type 98)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

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