List of Infantry Anti-Tank Weapons

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The development of light, man-portable anti-tank weapons increased during the Second World War. Most were based on the Munroe effect which led to the development of the high explosive shaped charge. These weapons were called High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT). The destructive effect was reliant entirely on the kinetic energy of the explosion,rather than the ballistic speed of the round on the damage inflicted to the armor. The effect was also concentrated, and could penetrate more armor for a given amount of explosives. The first HEAT rounds were rifle grenades, but better delivery systems were soon introduced: the British PIAT was propelled by an explosive charge combined with a powerful spring, the US Bazooka and the German Panzerschreck used rockets; and the German Panzerfaust was a small recoil-less gun. The HEAT warhead was retroactively used to give more power to smaller calibre weapons such as in the conversion of the otherwise limited German 37 mm PaK guns to fire a large shell (that fitted over the barrel rather than down in it) to a greater range than the Panzerschreck could manage.

After the war, research on infantry anti-tank weapons continued, with most designers focused on two primary goals; first, an anti-tank weapon that could defeat more heavily-armored postwar tanks and fighting vehicles, and second, a weapon lightweight and portable enough for infantry use.
List of Infantry Anti-Tank Weapons:
Infantry Anti-TankPictureSpecificationsCountryYear
Raytheon / Lockheed Martin FGM-148 Javelin
FGM-148 Javelin anti tank weapon


US1996
AT-13 (Saxhorn-2) / 9K115-2 (Metis-M)
AT-13 (Saxhorn-2) / 9K115-2 (Metis-M) anti tank weapons


Russia1992
Dynamit-Nobel Panzerfaust 3
Dynamit-Nobel Panzerfaust 3 anti tank weapon


Germany1992
RPG-29 Vampir (Vampire)
RPG-29 Vampir (Vampire) anti tank weapon


Russia1989
M136 AT4 Light Anti-Armor Weapon
M136 AT4 Light Anti-Armor Weapon


US
Sweden
1985
IMI M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) / SMAW-D
IMI M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) / SMAW-D anti tank


Israel1984
IMI B-300
IMI B-300 anti tank


Israel1980
LRAC 89-F1 (Lance-Roquettes AntiChar de 89mm modele F1)
LRAC 89-F1 (Lance-Roquettes AntiChar de 89mm modele F1)


France1980
AT-7 (Saxhorn) / 9M115 (Mongrel)
AT-7 (Saxhorn) / 9M115 (Mongrel) anti tank


Russia1979
Raytheon M47 Dragon
Raytheon M47 Dragon anti tank


US1975
MILAN (Anti-Tank Light Infantry Missile)
MILAN (Anti-Tank Light Infantry Missile)


France1972
AT-4 (Spigot) / 9M111 (Fagot)
AT-4 (Spigot) / 9M111 (Fagot) anti tank


Russia1970
Hughes / Raytheon BGM-71 TOW
Hughes / Raytheon BGM-71 TOW anti tank


US1970
M72 LAW (Light Anti-armor Weapon)
M72 LAW (Light Anti-armor Weapon)


US1961
RPG-7
RPG-7 anti tank


Russia1961
RPG-2
RPG-2 anti tank


Russia1949
Carl Gustav 84mm Recoilless Rifle
Carl Gustav 84mm Recoilless Rifle


Sweden1948
AT-5 (Spandrel) / 9M113 (Contest)
AT-5 (Spandrel) / 9M113 (Contest) anti tank


Russia1947
Panzerfaust 30
Panzerfaust 30 anti tank


Germany1943
Panzerfaust 60
Panzerfaust 60 anti tank


Germany1943
Panzerschreck (Raketenpanzerbuchse)
Panzerschreck (Raketenpanzerbuchse) anti tank


Germany1943
RPG-43
RPG-43 anti tank


Russia1943
RPG-6
RPG-6 anti tank


Russia1943
M1 (Bazooka)
M1 (Bazooka) anti tank


US1942
PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank Mk I)
PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank Mk I)


UK1942
Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (PTRD-41)
Degtyarev PTRD 1941 (PTRD-41)


Russia1941
Simonov PTRS 1941 (PTRS-41)
Simonov PTRS 1941 (PTRS-41)


Russia1941
RPG-40
RPG-40 anti tank


Russia1940
Lahti L-39
Lahti L-39


Finland1939
Panzerbuchse 39 (PzB 39)
Panzerbuchse 39 (PzB 39)


Germany1939
Panzerbuchse 38 (PzB 38)
Panzerbuchse 38 (PzB 38)


Germany1938
Boys Anti-Tank Rifle (Stanchion)
Boys Anti-Tank Rifle (Stanchion)


UK1937
Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr
Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr


Germany1918

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