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Sniper hand grenade launcher Norinco LG5

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Sniper hand grenade launcher Norinco LG5



More recently, the attention of Western and Russian publications has attracted an unusual Chinese-made grenade launcher. We are talking about an automatic grenade launcher model Norinco LG5, which is exported in 40-mm version. Just the other day, a grenade launcher, which is often called a sniper launcher for the presence of advanced sighting devices and the possibility of hitting point targets, was seen in the hands of a Saudi Arabian army soldier fighting in Yemen.

According to reporters, the appearance of images showing a Saudi soldier fighting a Hussite in Yemen and armed with a Chinese-made Norinco LG40 portable 5 grenade launcher is the first evidence of the use of this model weapons anywhere outside of china. This is the first evidence that the grenade launcher, more reminiscent of the fantastic weapons from the next American blockbuster, is actually used in hostilities. Photos appeared on the Internet only on 3 on November 2019 of the year, it is impossible to say exactly how long the new weapons have been used in the military conflict in Yemen. At the same time, the American edition of the defense-blog in early February of 2018 wrote that an unnamed Middle Eastern buyer expressed a desire to purchase "sniper" automatic grenade launchers LG5 manufactured by Norinco. Before the appearance in Yemen, weapons were used only in China, although earlier information appeared that in combat conditions an automatic grenade launcher was used by Chinese marines to combat Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

Automatic grenade launcher Norinco LG5


The Norinco LG5 automatic grenade launcher is an export version of a similar grenade launcher, which has been in service with the PLA since 2011. In the Chinese army, he wears the designation QLU-11. The main difference between the export version and the Chinese version is the ammunition used. An automatic grenade launcher designed for the Chinese military uses 35x32 mm caliber grenades, the export version is adapted to use the widespread NATO caliber grenades - 40x53 mm. It is worth noting that Norinco has a wealth of experience in creating such weapons; back in the 1980 years, the company's designers created a QLZ-87 grenade launcher, which is also available in a lightweight version with bipods and has already achieved some success in the global arms market, weapons were exported to African countries.

The automatic grenade launcher LG5 / QLU-11 was developed by the designers of the Chinese corporation NORINCO and is positioned as a “sniper”, as it is adapted to hit small individual targets at a distance of up to 1000 meters, while confident coverage of group targets is also ensured at a longer firing range. For such weapons - these are very good indicators. The export-oriented version uses standard NATO high-speed munitions of the 40x53 mm caliber. In addition, in China specially for this grenade launcher were created "sniper" high-precision shots, known under the designation BGJ-5. These are high-explosive fragmentation grenades, which, according to the developers, assure dispersion of only one meter for a series of three rounds at a range of up to 600 meters. Roughly speaking, a shooter armed with an LG5 automatic grenade launcher, under ideal conditions, is able to lay all three grenades in a typical window or door of a residential building at a distance of 600 meters, suppressing the enemy firing point.



The Chinese army is armed with two versions of a grenade launcher, one of them is a portable version, firing from folding bipods. The second is the tripod version, which turns the weapon into a more traditional easel automatic grenade launcher. According to information from open sources, the version of the automatic grenade launcher with bipod weighs 12,9 kg, the version with the machine - 23 kg. Most likely, this is the weight of a sniper grenade launcher without attached stores and sights. The version of the manual automatic grenade launcher for shooting from bipods is designated LG5s, the version on the tripod machine, which can also be installed on various equipment, is simply designated LG5. The mass version of the grenade launcher with bipods is comparable to the mass of the American anti-material rifle Barrett M107 chambered for caliber 12,7x99 mm. Therefore, often changing the position on the battlefield, transferring such weapons, is not an easy task. Externally, the LG5 grenade launcher for 40-mm ammunition looks very massive, so its real weight can be even more.

Like other automatic grenade launchers of a similar caliber, the Chinese Norinco LG5 grenade launcher is designed to defeat manpower, unarmored and lightly armored enemy equipment located in open areas. Confident defeat of individual targets is ensured at a range of up to 1000 meters, group, area targets - at a range of up to 2200 meters (when firing from a machine). In the Western media you can find information that specifically for the LG5 grenade launcher in China, ammunition has been created that can effectively deal with small enemy unmanned aerial vehicles.



Technical Features of the Norinco LG5 Automatic Grenade Launcher


It is believed that the creation of an accurate automatic grenade launcher of Chinese designers was inspired by the American self-loading grenade launcher Barrett XM109 caliber 25 mm. The weapon was created on the basis of a very successful large-caliber sniper rifle M107, which is in service with the US Army and many other countries. The weapon was originally created for 25x59 mm grenade launchers, which were used in the XM25 ACSW experimental 307 mm automatic grenade launcher. In addition, Norinco specialists could rely on the experience of creating a Chinese 12,7 mm HSARI LR2 anti-material rifle, borrowing the design of this model of sniper weapons.

The LG5 Chinese automatic grenade launcher is a self-loading weapon with a store-supplied power system. Presumably, the automation of this grenade launcher is based on the use of recoil energy with a long barrel stroke, when the barrel stroke is equal to the shutter stroke. At the same time, the barrel’s recoil absorber, which extinguishes recoil energy during firing, is most likely built into the butt of the weapon, providing the weapon with the required accuracy of shooting. Weapons can be fired both from the bipod and from the machine. When shooting from a bipod, the shooter fixes the weapon with two hands, one of which is on the pistol grip, the second covers a special handle made in the butt of the weapon. In the manual version, a sniper automatic grenade launcher can be transported and used by one fighter.



Since the weapon was originally created as a high-precision system, the grenade launcher received advanced sights. Despite the LG5’s open, adjustable sights, the main ones are day and night sights, both optical and electronic, which are placed on a Picatinny rail. All weapon models are equipped with a modern full-time optoelectronic sight, which is equipped with a built-in laser rangefinder, a thermal imager and a ballistic computer, which allows you to make the necessary corrections to the aiming in automatic mode. Including thanks to perfect sighting devices, the grenade launcher ensures confident defeat of single targets at a distance of up to 1000 meters.

The automatic grenade launcher is powered from detachable drum magazines designed for 3, 5 or 7 grenades for the Chinese version of QLU-11 under 35-mm ammunition and on 5 and 15 rounds for the export version of the weapon under standard 40-mm NATO grenades. The handle used to carry weapons is attached to the top of the receiver. The automatic grenade launcher shown in the photos in Yemen is equipped with a new massive muzzle brake, which can include an electronic fuse control module. This solution allows you to use, together with the Norinco LG5 automatic grenade launcher, remotely-controlled ammunition that explodes in the air and provides greater variability in the use of weapons and the destruction of various targets.
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  1. svp67
    svp67 11 November 2019 06: 07 New
    +2
    I wonder what kind of return on this "device"? And honestly, very much this weapon has a highly specialized application. For conventional infantry, disposable rocket-propelled grenades are more preferable for destroying the enemy in buildings and fortified points
    1. The leader of the Redskins
      The leader of the Redskins 11 November 2019 07: 56 New
      +3
      Rather, for anti-terrorist operations and against partisans. They won’t run around like that, they’ll quickly figure it out and slam it, and on the defensive ... There’s no need for sniper accuracy - you’ve got yourself into an advancing enemy.
      1. RF man
        RF man 29 December 2019 18: 26 New
        +1
        It all depends on the situation.
        Already a lot of "discussed" rifles of 20-30 m. As a rule, they are scolded for the "large mass" and "uselessness".
        In a purely personal view, there was a GOOD option in the USA (according to "passport data") - a grenade launcher of 20 mm, up to 2000 m. The mass, if I am not mistaken, is within 15 kg, length is 2000 mm. At least every BMP / BTR carries ....
        In some situations - a "solution to all problems" 1-2-3 shots. At the "infantry squad level" and WITHOUT "outside support."
        Even MBT can be “damaged” BEFORE “inoperative”
    2. san4es
      san4es 11 November 2019 13: 15 New
      +7
      Quote: svp67
      I wonder what kind of return on this "device"

      Weak, without a machine ... hi
      The grenade launcher is offered in two versions - manual LG5s (for firing from bipods) and easel LG5 (for firing from a tripod or equipment).

      1. svp67
        svp67 11 November 2019 13: 29 New
        +3
        Thank you for the video. Well, as expected, the return is substantial. And given that the average Chinese man is far from being a big man, shooters for the “device” will be selected especially ... sort of “Chinese grenadiers”
    3. svyatoshovandrey1979
      svyatoshovandrey1979 21 December 2019 12: 00 New
      0
      RESPONSE 64-65 KG
  2. Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Obi-Wan Kenobi 11 November 2019 06: 09 New
    +8
    The Chinese made a good grenade launcher.
    1. svp67
      svp67 11 November 2019 08: 01 New
      +2
      Quote: Obi Wan Kenobi
      The Chinese made a good grenade launcher.

      What is good then? Weight is significant, you won’t run much, as soon as your position is covered, the return is also significant, given the mass of the grenade, the firing range is not large. Highly specialized weapons
      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 11 November 2019 08: 48 New
        0
        Quote: svp67
        Weight is significant, you don’t run much, as soon as your position is covered,

        It depends on what you compare it to.
        Among the Chinese, its niche corresponds to the niche of our AGS
        1. svp67
          svp67 11 November 2019 09: 11 New
          +1
          Quote: Spade
          Among the Chinese, its niche corresponds to the niche of our AGS

          Well, time will tell whose point of view on the development of this type of weapon is correct.
          Our AGS just "hid" against large masses of infantry, the same Chinese, in the case of a clash and fire support of its attacking infantry, mainly shot at squares, and more and more of them become target weapons.
        2. Michael HORNET
          Michael HORNET 11 November 2019 12: 24 New
          +4
          essentially nothing to do with AGS
          this is a sniper grenade launcher focused on firing at window openings in counter-sniper duels
          1. svp67
            svp67 11 November 2019 13: 25 New
            +1
            Quote: Michael HORNET
            essentially nothing to do with AGS

            If you don’t take it that they did this “device” precisely from our AGS .. yes
          2. Lopatov
            Lopatov 11 November 2019 13: 56 New
            -1
            Quote: Michael HORNET
            essentially nothing to do with AGS

            However, this is the last in a series of Chinese automatic grenade launchers, whatever you think about it.
            About the "orientation" is cool. But not true
            And the best version of the "counter sniper AG" looks like this:


            Really "focused on ..... in counter sniper duels"

            1. IGR
              IGR 25 December 2019 00: 41 New
              0
              What is also calibrated with LEDs?
    2. smart ass
      smart ass 11 November 2019 11: 49 New
      +1
      I also think one hundred is really something new in the market
  3. Observer2014
    Observer2014 11 November 2019 06: 17 New
    +2
    There is no limit to perfection. If there is another piece of ammunition with remote detonation .....
    1. riwas
      riwas 11 November 2019 07: 50 New
      +2
      Did not read:
      The automatic grenade launcher shown in the photos in Yemen is equipped with a new massive muzzle brake, which can include an electronic fuse control module. This solution allows you to use together with the Norinco LG5 automatic grenade launcher ammunition of remote detonation, which explode in the air and provide greater variability in the use of weapons and destruction of various targets.
    2. svp67
      svp67 11 November 2019 08: 02 New
      +3
      Quote: Observer2014
      There is no limit to perfection. If there is another piece of ammunition with remote detonation ....

      and also managed, so in general the price will be like a full howitzer
      1. riwas
        riwas 11 November 2019 08: 23 New
        +3
        Swedish hand grenade launcher Carl Gustaf received guided projectiles. Ammunition has a semi-active laser guidance system and, thanks to the new engine, will be able to hit targets at a distance of up to two kilometers.
        https://rg.ru/2019/11/05/video-granatomet-carl-gustaf-prevratili-v-vysokotochnoe-oruzhie.html
        1. svp67
          svp67 11 November 2019 08: 28 New
          +3
          Quote: riwas
          Swedish hand grenade launcher Carl Gustaf received guided projectiles.

          Well, you compared .... For fun, take a look at what this “Karl” is

          And this is it with the ammunition used
          1. tlauicol
            tlauicol 11 November 2019 08: 34 New
            +2

            the Swedes seemed little rifled grenade launcher, which is accurate as a rifle. few dozen of ammunition from shrapnel to double cumulative. now they shoot a rocket from a hand grenade launcher good
            1. Private-K
              Private-K 11 November 2019 23: 38 New
              0
              And what is the guidance system of this munition? By what principle? Rayton does not write a word about this.
              1. tlauicol
                tlauicol 12 November 2019 04: 36 New
                -1
                Laser light
                1. Private-K
                  Private-K 12 November 2019 12: 22 New
                  0
                  Semi-active GOS as on the first Hellfire? Very, very expensive. Extremely irrational. It is doubtful.
          2. svyatoshovandrey1979
            svyatoshovandrey1979 21 December 2019 12: 03 New
            0
            A WONDERFUL MACHINE, SPECIAL ON THE REMOTE CONTROLLED STATION. PLATFORM
  4. tlauicol
    tlauicol 11 November 2019 07: 20 New
    +1


    what for to drag such a fool? there are removable sights and ballistic computers for shooting at night / day at moving / stationary targets
  5. Whowhy
    Whowhy 11 November 2019 08: 14 New
    +4
    In appearance, a slightly modernized grenade launcher TKB-0249 "Crossbow", developed by V. N. Telesh in the late 90s, is visible.
  6. riwas
    riwas 11 November 2019 08: 17 New
    +2
    And how do you like such a semi-automatic grenade launcher.
    http://zonwar.ru/news3/news_585_Hydra.html?utm_source=warfiles.ru
  7. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 11 November 2019 08: 29 New
    +1
    Interestingly, under grenades with a flying away sleeve, how much will a grenade launcher weigh for our Balkan? And is such an infantry needed? Running around the field with a trunk of 12-15 kg is still a pleasure. Better a small-caliber "flamethrower" "Bur" ... In range, about the same, in terms of the power of ammunition - much cooler!
  8. Lopatov
    Lopatov 11 November 2019 08: 53 New
    +1
    It is believed that the creation of an accurate automatic grenade launcher of Chinese designers was inspired by the 109 mm American Barrett XM25 self-loading grenade launcher.

    As far as I know, the QLB-06 entered service in 2000
    The first 10 prototypes of the XM109 were assembled only in 2005

    Incorrectly considered
  9. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 11 November 2019 09: 30 New
    +1
    Direct fire is far from the main type of fire for such grenade launchers. Additional weapons to easel, probably not bad. I wonder what kind of grenade and with what charge it has .... the range of a direct shot is important here, which means the charge is more powerful. More interesting is the automatic option for replacing auto guns. On a typhoon, for example. The Americans have such a gun, which was made on the basis of 20mm guns and a caliber of 30mm. It stands on Apache and light armored vehicles. And we don’t.
  10. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 11 November 2019 10: 20 New
    +3
    Well ... well, why not remember Ukraine! And the most powerful, armed, high-tech APU!
    In terms of size and weight, the RGSh-30 approximately corresponds to an assault rifle. The hand grenade launcher has a shorter barrel than the AGS-17, with a firing range of up to 1600 m. The grenade launcher is powered by removable box magazines containing five VOG-17 grenades. According to the developers, the RGSh-30 is designed to incapacitate enemy armored vehicles (armored personnel carriers, armored vehicles), and can also be effective in cleaning rooms. The dimensions and exact characteristics of the RGSh-30 have not yet been disclosed, since they can be changed during the completion of the grenade launcher. In addition, the developers plan to create analogues RGSh-30 for grenades of calibers 20, 25, 35 and 40 mm.
    But that's not all ! Baska xokla always Dumskoy dyuzhe rich! Earlier, the 30-mm hand grenade launchers "Valar" and the RG-1 "Piston" were created ... And let no one bother that this is the 30-mm grenade launchers! The developers solemnly promised that soon they will be created and 40-mm samples for a shot of NATO!
    "VALAR"
    "Piston"
    Here is just one "byad" ..., mass production, even, 30-mm options could not be organized ... But this is nothing! After all, it has long been known that in the activity that they are doing in Ukraine, the main thing is not the result, but the process!
  11. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 11 November 2019 11: 04 New
    +1
    In! The Chinese were able to independently develop an effective weapon "which has no analogues in the world."
    And they said: "everyone is copying ...".
    1. edelweiss968
      edelweiss968 12 November 2019 22: 40 New
      +1
      sniper grenade launcher "Crossbow", which was developed in the early 90s, but did not go into the series
  12. Operator
    Operator 11 November 2019 12: 40 New
    +2
    The accuracy of the "sniper" Norinco LG5 when shooting at 1000 meters is 1,7 meters - at this radius of expansion, fragments from the gap of the 40-mm grenades will be stuck in winter uniforms, not to mention the soft ballistic protection worn under the bulletproof vest in order to reduce injuries and protection from fragments.

    The initial speed of the 40-mm grenade is less than 100 m / s, i.e. its flying time at a distance of 1000 meters, taking into account elevation of the trajectory and braking of a grenade in flight, can be estimated as 15-20 seconds, for which you can "run to the Canadian border" laughing

    Plus, increased wind impact on the ammunition with no ballistic coefficient and low initial speed.

    The same weight as the grenade launcher has an 12,7-mm sniper rifle with an aiming range of 1,5 km and an accuracy of less than 1 angular minute. Those. a sniper with a rifle will easily remove the "sniper" with a grenade launcher, remaining outside the zone of defeat of the latter.
    1. Private-K
      Private-K 11 November 2019 23: 45 New
      +3
      In devices of this type, high-speed grenades from the beginning are used. speed 240 m / s - as on automatic grenade launchers Mk19 and the like - and not low-speed (76 m / s) that for grenade launchers.
      But with firing accuracy, of course, dubious boasting.
  13. Andrey VOV
    Andrey VOV 11 November 2019 14: 11 New
    +1
    I won’t say Chinese weapons for this .. but at one time we had a friend from the "double basses" ... he did such filigree with the AGS ... well, in the window from the grenade launcher for him it was a trifling thing at all .. of course, the ranges are different but nevertheless .... in my opinion, in the capable hands any weapon can make masterpieces, and if ... the example of the Saudis is clear ...
  14. d.olegov44
    d.olegov44 11 November 2019 16: 42 New
    -2
    Sniper hand grenade launcher Norinco LG5

    I wonder if we have its analogues.
  15. Narak-zempo
    Narak-zempo 11 November 2019 16: 45 New
    +1
    was spotted in the hands of a serviceman of the Saudi army fighting in Yemen

    So, soon we will see its use in Hussite commercials laughing
  16. Rostislav
    Rostislav 11 November 2019 17: 48 New
    0
    And what do we have like that, who enlighten? Theme for Cyril, as an option. wink
    1. edelweiss968
      edelweiss968 12 November 2019 22: 41 New
      +1
      https://topwar.ru/147118-ruchnoj-granatomet-tkb-0249-arbalet.html
  17. Saxahorse
    Saxahorse 11 November 2019 22: 30 New
    0
    The article is curious. There are many doubts about the usefulness of such a thing, but the topic is interesting. Thanks to the author!

    In general, the very first photo is valid! :) The dimensions of the cannon cause some drowsiness. Like a hobbit, he stole a gun from the trolls and, in all seriousness, is about to shoot. wassat
  18. edelweiss968
    edelweiss968 12 November 2019 22: 43 New
    0
    https://topwar.ru/147118-ruchnoj-granatomet-tkb-0249-arbalet.html
    and where it has no analogues? before writing absurdity, study the question
  19. Xomaik
    Xomaik 15 February 2020 19: 41 New
    0
    If memory doesn’t change in Russians
    In World War II, a similar
    The weapon was but not sniper