Wasp 58

The Wasp 58 is a 58-mm recoilless antitank weapon developed in France in the late 1980s. The weapon was originally a private developed by the French firm Luchaire SA. In the early 1980s, Luchaire's sales department had noted the rising costs of light individual anti-armour/assault weapons were to the point that fewer and fewer could be purchased and that there was a need for a one man anti-armor/assault weapon which could be purchased for a cost slightly higher than that of a rifle grenade, but with the greater accuracy and ease of use of a one-man rocket launcher.

The world export markets was the major considerations behind the development of the Wasp 58 by Luchaire.

Country Name Origin Year
France 1980
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
France View

Type Recoilless rocket launcher
Place of origin  France
Service history
Used by France and other unnamed nations
Production history
Manufacturer Luchaire SA
Number built over 450,000
Weight 3 kg
Length 0.8 m
Crew 1
Cartridge HEAT anti-armour warhead
Cartridge weight 615 g
Caliber 58-mm
Rate of fire single-shot
Muzzle velocity 250 m/s
Effective firing range 20 - 400 m

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