RL-83 Blindicide

The RL-83 Blindicide is an antitank rocket launcher produced by Mecar SA of Belgium and was an improved derivative of the M20A1 Bazooka. Its name roughly means "tank killer", derived from the French "véhicule blindé" (armoured car) and the suffix -cide.

Country Name Origin Year
Belgium 1950
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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The Blindicide saw service with the Belgian forces during the Congo crisis. In recent years it has been reported that the Mexican Army deployed Blindicides against improvised armored vehicles in use by drug cartels.

Type Antitank rocket launcher
Place of origin  Belgium
Service history
Used by See Users
Production history
Designed 1950s
Manufacturer Mecar SA
Specifications
Weight 8.4 kg (RL-83)
12.9 kg (RL-100)
Length 1.7 m (RL-83)
1.885 m (RL-100)
Crew 2
Shell HEAT
Caliber 83 mm, 100 mm
Rate of fire 6 rpm
Muzzle velocity 100 m/s (RL-83)
195 m/s (RL-100)
Effective firing range 400 m (0.25 mi)
Maximum firing range 900 m (0.56 mi)

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