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China's Cheap Solution For The Infantry
China has found ATGMs (anti-tank guided missiles) too expensive, or at least not the kind of weapon they can distribute to all their infantry. So, in the late 90s they developed the PF98 "Queen Bee" 120mm recoilless rifle. This is a tripod mounted, 120mm tube for firing 6.35 kg (14 pound) anti-tank rounds out to 800 meters, or 7.55 kg (16.6 pound) anti-personnel rounds out to 1,800 meters. The PF98, when loaded and ready to fire, weighs 19 kg (42 pounds, including firing tube, sight and round of ammo) and is 1.7 meters (67 inches) long. This can be fired from the shoulder, but the tripod is supplied to make the weapon useable for extended periods.
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