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Who is the AT4 anti-armor?




Brief

The AT4 (AT4 CS), for "  Anti-Tank 4 Confined Space "  ,   is a single-use 84  mm anti -tank rocket launcher , manufactured by the Swedish company Bofors since the very early 1980s .

Firing of an AT-4 by US Marines during an exercise.

It is also manufactured in the United States , in a slightly modified form ( M136AT-4 ) for the US Army , and used by many armies, notably the French Army . Its name is the phonetic translation of the English "  Eighty Four  " , which comes from the 84  mm caliber of the rocket. 

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Soldier of the 2nd  Foreign Parachute Regiment with the " Central Europe camouflage " uniform and helmet cover carrying an AT4 rocket launcher and a FAMAS rifle .

Operators

Current operators:

 Argentina
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Brazil
Canada
Chile
Croatia
 Colombia
Denmark  : called PVV M/95 ( P anser v ærns v åben M odel 19 95 ).
 Estonia
 France
 Georgia
 Greece
 Iraq
Latvia Lebanon  : Used by Lebanese Special Force
 Lithuania
 Malaysia  : In service with theArmed Forces Special Forces
Mexico
 Netherlands
 Senegal
 Taiwan
Thailand : In service with the Special Forces
 Ukraine  : donations from several nations during the2022 Ukrainian War
 Sri Lanka
 Israel
 Sweden  : Called Pansarskott M/86 (AT4, all versions) and used in all branches of the Swedish Army
. United Kingdom  : Called L2A1 (ILAW) (AT4 CS with high penetration warhead), used by the British Army
 United States  : CalledM136 AT4in theUSMCandUnited States Army, since early 1987
 Venezuela
 Morocco

Additional information

Releases
AT4 HEAT  : (HEAT: High Explosive Anti-Tank ) base version with standard shaped charge. Use strongly discouraged in closed environments. Penetration: 420  mm armour;
AT4 CS  : (CS: Confined Space ) version usable in restricted environments;
AT4 CS HP  : "  High Performance  " version of the AT4 CS. Improved shaped charge and armor penetration greater than 500  mm  ;
AT4 CS AST  : for “  Tandem Anti-Structure  ”. Version with tandem charge intended for the destruction of buildings and various structures. Acts by breath and fragmentation.
AT4 F2  : New generation under development since 2014 for the French Army . It can fire an anti-armour (ABL) rocket, an anti-structure (AST) rocket and an anti-personnel (AP) rocket. Once coupled with a new non-disposable aiming aid, absent on the CS F1 version, the AP rocket will provide an effective airburst mode up to 1,000 meters. A night firing capability is planned for 2020

Technical specifications 
Mass: 7.6  kg  ;
Length:  1.04m  ;
Caliber  :  84mm  ;
Ammunition  : Single shaped charge ammunition  ;
Range  : From 20 (safety trigger below 20  m ) to 250  m on moving lens and 350  m on fixed lens. The maximum range is 400  m  ;
Perforation: < 500  mm of armor (armored vehicles not overprotected) or < 1.45  m of concrete;
Rocket speed: minimum 220  m/s .

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