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Type  Anti-tank weapon
Used by  See Users
Manufacturer  GIAT Industries
Place of origin  France
Designer  GIAT Industries
Unit cost  €2,000

APILAS (Armor-Piercing Infantry Light Arm System) is a portable one-shot 112 mm recoilless anti-tank weapon, designed in France by GIAT Industries. Over 120,000 of the APILAS launchers have been produced, and they are in service with many countries.



The APILAS is supplied in an aramid fibre launcher tube with a retractable sight. The effective range of APILAS is from 25 m (it takes 25 m for the rocket to arm itself) up to 500 – 600 m depending on the target. The shaped charge warhead is electrically fused and will detonate at impact angles up to 80 degrees.

An off-route mine system was developed using the APILAS rocket mounted on a tripod using a sensor package, or tripwires.


  • Calibre: 112 mm
  • Length
  • Launcher:
  • Transportation: 1290 mm
  • Fire-ready: 1260 mm
  • Projectile: 920 mm
  • Weight:
  • Overall: 9.0 kg
  • Projectile: 4.3 kg
  • Launcher: 4.7 kg
  • Range: 25 m to 300 m + (moving target) 500 m + (static target)
  • Engine: Solid-fuel rocket
  • Muzzle velocity: 293 m/s
  • Time of flight to 500 m: 1.9 s
  • Warhead: 1.5 kg shaped charge capable of penetrating 720 mm RHAe or 2 m of concrete
  • Trigger: Piezoelectric sensor with 50g black powder
  • Current operators

  •  Belgium
  •  Chile
  •  Colombia
  •  Cyprus
  •  Djibouti
  •  Finland
  •  France
  •  Italy
  •  Jordan
  •  Morocco
  •  Saudi Arabia
  •  South Korea
  •  Republic of China (Taiwan)
  • References

    APILAS Wikipedia

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