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Backpack flamethrowers are still in business: China uses Type 02C

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Knapsack flamethrowers in modern conditions are considered a relic, from which the leading armies of the world got rid of during the Cold War. Their main disadvantages include a small range of use and the threats posed by this type weapons for the operator and those around him, which are caused by the possibility of igniting the combustible mixture in the tank worn on the back.


However, backpack flamethrowers are still found in a number of armies around the world, demonstrating that they are still in business. In particular, in the Bulgarian troops, which did not differ in special equipment even in Soviet times.

At the same time, many observers are surprised by their use in the Chinese army, which is modernizing by leaps and bounds. The media from the PRC posted regular footage of exercises using this type of weapon. In this case, we are talking about a Type 02C product. The engineering company of the combined-arms brigade of the 74th Army Group is equipped with light flamethrowers of this model.

This is despite the fact that PF97 jet flamethrowers are widespread in China, which are a licensed copy of the Soviet Bumblebees, which have been produced in China since the late 1990s. A new product has been developed to replace the PF97, apparently equipped with a laser rangefinder. A video with him is posted below.

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  1. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 April 30 2021 05: 30
    +4
    Of course, modern jet flamethrowers are much more effective and safe in operation. But probably the Chinese believe that backpacks can also be useful in certain operations. As they say - "The giraffe is big, he knows better."
    1. igordok
      igordok April 30 2021 06: 13
      +4
      Quote: rotmistr60
      Of course, modern jet flamethrowers are much more effective.

      But the jet is much more psychologically terrible. He can force an enemy, unstable, unit to leave the defensive area.
      1. Peak
        Peak April 30 2021 06: 29
        +5
        Quote: igordok
        But the jet is much more psychologically terrible. He can force an enemy, unstable, unit to leave the defensive area.

        All living things are afraid of fire ...
    2. infantryman2020
      infantryman2020 April 30 2021 06: 39
      +2
      "Modern rocket throwers" are not flamethrowers, but, in fact, rocket-propelled grenade launchers. This is another weapon, it is incorrect to compare it with jet flamethrowers.
      The fact that RPO (-A, -D, -Z) is only subject to the RChBZ Troops is a narrow departmental egoism.
      IMHO, a jet flamethrower would still be useful for solving a number of tasks.
      The forum has already been sorted out several times.
      1. Timeout
        Timeout April 30 2021 08: 29
        +3
        Quote: infantryman2020
        The fact that RPO (-A, -D, -Z) is only subject to the RChBZ Troops is a narrow departmental egoism.

        The troops are in service with the RSHG-1 and RSHG-2.
        1. infantryman2020
          infantryman2020 April 30 2021 08: 52
          -3
          Again.
          1. "Rocket-propelled flamethrowers" and rocket-propelled grenade launchers ("rocket-propelled grenades with a disposable grenade launcher") with warheads of various types have long been mixed into an ode group.
          RPO-A (-D, -Z) are officially on the equipment of the RChBZ Troops. Who they really can sometimes be given out in the course of hostilities is another question.
          2. There are a lot of cool photos and videos. How many are there really in the troops? (purchases?). How often do troops fire? (supply norms for combat training?), etc.
          3. RPO-D and RPO-Z have never met in the army, including on the database.
          1. Timeout
            Timeout April 30 2021 09: 52
            +1
            Quote: infantryman2020
            with warheads of various types have long been mixed into an ode group.

            They did not mix, with the advent of new mixtures, they began to be used much more widely. For thermobars appeared even on the RPG-7. And RPO-Z did not really justify itself. So lighters are in the woods ..
            Quote: infantryman2020
            are officially on equipping the RChBZ Troops. Who they really can sometimes be issued in the course of hostilities is another question.

            In 2000, I don't remember exactly, February-March, chemists from Kineshma arrived in Khankala. Packages with flamethrowers with me were received by fighters from other divisions.
            Quote: infantryman2020
            on the DB did not meet.

            Just chemists from Kineshma, as well as guys from the 14th brigade, worked as them in Komsomolskoye.
            1. infantryman2020
              infantryman2020 April 30 2021 10: 59
              -2
              Read my post carefully. You have not refuted any of my thesis, even supported it.
              Stupid dispute.
    3. Xnumx vis
      Xnumx vis April 30 2021 07: 06
      -1
      Quote: rotmistr60
      Of course, modern jet flamethrowers are much more effective and safe in operation.

      We have few people, we must take care of everyone like the apple of an eye .. The Chinese have one and a half billion !!! One more, one less .. Why should they worry! wink
  2. arhitroll
    arhitroll April 30 2021 06: 38
    +1
    At least moral damage, if used correctly, is ensured ...
    1. Pandiurin
      Pandiurin April 30 2021 13: 37
      0
      Quote: arhitroll
      At least moral damage, if used correctly, is ensured ...


      "The engineering company is equipped with light flamethrowers of this model ..."

      Rather, simply to complete the task more efficiently, cheaper, faster, with less risk.
      Rather than checking each dilapidated basement for the presence and absence of combatants, you can also "check" before demining with the help of RPO. Cheap, fast, minimal resources required.
  3. Incvizitor
    Incvizitor April 30 2021 14: 38
    -1
    Useful against any Meadown areal steeds, one application and will immediately scatter and the population can be quickly reduced.