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LRAC 89 [Lance Roquette Antichar 89mm]

The LRAC 89mm antitank rocket launcher was the standar infantry rocket launcher of the French army. The anti-tank rocket launchers, 89 mm Model F1 is a non-automatic weapon collective light, single loading. Replacing the mid 70 LRAC 73 (for 73 mm), Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher 89 anti-tank weapon was the light of French infantrymen until the end of the Cold War. It was developed by Luchaire Defense SA company, responsible for the production of various ammunition, and built in cooperation with Manufacture Nationale of arms of Saint-etienne, which manufactures the Launcher. These two companies are now part of GIAT Industries.

The LRAC F1, officially called anti-tank rocket launchers of 89 mm model F1, is a reusable rocket launcher which served in the French army. It was developed by Luchaire Defense SA company, responsible for the production of various ammunition, and built in cooperation with Manufacture Nationale of arms of Saint-etienne, which manufactures the Launcher. These two companies are now part of GIAT Industries. In the 1970s, marketed by Hotchkiss, he replaced the Super Bazooka the 89 mm M20A1.

The LRAC F1, officially called anti-tank rocket launchers of 89 mm model F1 (89 mm anti-tank rocket launcher model F1) is a French reusable rocket launcher developed by Luchaire Defense SA, and manufactured in cooperation with Manufacture Nationale of arms of Saint-etienne and was in the 1970 s marketed by Hotchkiss-Brandt. It replaced the 89 mm M20A1 Super Bazooka in French Army service. Through the use of glass fibre and plastic in the launcher it is over 2 kg lighter when loaded than the M20A1 while having a greater effective range. The LRAC FI is sometimes referred to as the STRIM 89 mm antitank rocket launcher from the abbreviations for the private firm company industrial research technical and mechanical that was contracted in 1964 by the French Ministry of Defence, to research a replacement for the M20A1 Super Bazooka.

In the early 1970s, two antitank weapons were placed in production for assessment by the French Army to replace the M20A1: the 80mm LCD - APX, a recoilless rifle with a rocket assist projectile, and the 89mm LRAC F1 STRIM 89mm rocket launcher. The STRIM design was chosen as the replacement for the M20A1 based on its higher penetration ability of its antitank ammunition and the much lower over all manufacturing costs compared to the 80mm LCD - APX system.

In the late 80s, with the proliferation of new armors (ceramics, composites, reagents, ...) the LRAC had reached the end of its operational capacity. Anti heavy armored weapon AT4 CS is designed to meet the need for gradual replacement of LRAC 89 mm and equip sections of infantry combat in addition to the short-range anti-tank weapon Eryx.

Type Rocket Launcher
Function Anti-Tank
Name LRAC 89 mm
Origin France
MANUFACTURER LUCHAIRE
Weight 5 kg
Life of tube 100 shots
Rocket AC 89 89 APAV F1 or F1
Range 500 m (300 mobile target)
Dimensions length. 1.60 m
diameter 89 mm
Rate of fire 3-4 rounds / min




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