PLA has demonstrated the use of a knapsack flamethrower
The Chinese army remains one of the few that still use backpack jet flame throwers, writes Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
As previously reported by the Chinese media, at the beginning of the 1950-ies, the Soviet Union delivered the latest LPO-50 infantry flamethrowers to China. Already in 1955, the Chinese army deployed them during a battle with the Kuomintang troops on Yijianshan Island. According to media reports, with the help of these flamethrowers, 45 enemy firing points were destroyed.
Soon, LPO-50 began to be produced in China with the designation “Type-58”.
The total mass of the system is 23 kg, designed for 3 shots in a row (more than 10 liters of combustible mixture distributed over three cylinders are burned). The effective range of direct fire is up to 50 m (along the hinged trajectory, the distance increases to 79 meters).
Later, Chinese engineers improved the flamethrower, denoting it "Type-74". The updated system has become lighter on 3 kg. From the base model, it was also distinguished by higher lesion characteristics and a wider range of applications. In addition, the recharge time was reduced from 10 to 4 minutes.
In the Chinese army there are special units of flamethrowers, whose task is to support the motorized infantry in the course of hostilities.
A short video of the flamethrower can be viewed here.
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