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Cc apilas
soldier preparing to fire the APILAS.
Type Anti-tank weapon
Place of origin Flag of France.svg France
Service history
Used by See Users
Production history
Designer GIAT Industries
Manufacturer GIAT Industries
Unit cost €2,000
Weight 9 kg (19.84 lb)
Length 1,300 mm (51.2 in)
Barrel length 180 mm (7.1 in)

Caliber 112 mm (4.4 in)
Muzzle velocity 293 m/s (961 ft/s)
Effective range 25–350 m
APILAS antitank rocket projectile
APILAS launcher
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APILAS - 1983 1st Version
Searchtool.svg APILAS and soldier 1[1]
Searchtool.svg APILAS and soldier 2
Searchtool.svg APILAS and soldier 3
Searchtool.svg APILAS and soldier 4
Searchtool.svg APILAS launcher and rocket
Searchtool.svg APILAS rocket projectile

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.[citation needed]


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


  • Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
  • Flag of Chile.svg Chile
  • Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia
  • Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus
  • Flag of Finland.svg Finland
  • Flag of France.svg France
  • Flag of Italy.svg Italy
  • Flag of Jordan.svg Jordan
  • Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco
  • Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia
  • Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea
  • Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan

See alsoEdit


  1. the first versions did not have the gunner's face mask, but was added later due to unburn propellant after the projectile left the tube


  • Jane's Infantry Weapons 2005-2006
  • Jane's Mines and Mine Clearance 2005-2006

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