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"Fire dragons" of the Middle Kingdom

"Fire dragons" of the Middle Kingdom

Chinese ground forces are among the few that still use jet flamethrowers. If in most countries of the world they have long been abandoned, then the Chinese fighters are not planning to remove their "fire dragons" from service.

The Chinese 58 type flamethrower was created on the basis of the LPO-50 flamethrower, the production license of which was transferred to the PRC during the period of close military cooperation between the two countries.

"Burning out the training goal"

The flamethrower is designed to defeat manpower and light cars and armored vehicles. For example, for the "burning out" of infantry from dugouts and trenches. It is believed that the use of jet flame throwers also has a great psychological effect. In fact, the kind of fiery jet that is about to cover you is not for the faint of heart.

The curb weight of the flamethrower is about 23 kg. The total volume of fire mixture in three bottles is more than 10 liters. The volume of one shot - 3,4 liters. The flamethrower can make only three shots. The range of use in direct shot about fifty meters. When firing a mounted trajectory - up to 70 m. Exhausted cylinders can be reloaded in 10 minutes.

There is a separate flamethrower company with 27 flamethrowers in each general military compound.

Chinese flamethrower tank

The Chinese were armed with a heavy mobile 172-kg infantry flamethrower, a clone of the Soviet TPO-50M, which could hit at a maximum range of up to 180 meters.

The Chinese tried to install these flamethrowers on medium Tanks Type 58 (the so-called T-34-85). But, unlike the Soviet flamethrower tanks, this installation was quite vulnerable and did not receive wide distribution.

Training Battle flamethrowers DPRK

According to some reports, Chinese flamethrowers Type 58 are also still used in the North Korean army. Korean flamethrowers have mastered the use of their weapons through the loopholes of armored personnel carriers. According to experts, this reception from the outside looks very impressive, but its effectiveness cannot be considered sufficient.
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  1. svp67
    svp67 2 November 2013 09: 43
    Chinese land forces are among the few that still use jet flamethrowers
    with their numbers, they can afford it ...
  2. Romanychby
    Romanychby 2 November 2013 10: 04
    For the Chinese, jet flamethrowers are more symbolic; dragons are revered there.
    1. Migari
      Migari 2 November 2013 20: 30
      Yes, yesterday there a little firecracker factory took off, oh they love flamethrowers. A state of emergency occurred on Friday in the village of Sanbao near the city of Tsengxi. Police have already detained the factory manager. The causes of the explosion are being investigated.
  3. Landwarrior
    Landwarrior 2 November 2013 10: 04
    Hmm, such a fun design on the 34 ke. what We remember, there were OTs, but there the flamethrower was installed instead of the exchange machine gun.
    And so ... The flamethrower presses more on the psyche. Well, it’s also effective against fortifications, if, of course, you allow it to approach the embrasures lol The question is, whose pillboxes are the Chinese comrades going to shoot wink
    Well, the Koreans ... request As always, there is a lot of window dressing, but really effective, probably 50 percent. request
  4. igordok
    igordok 2 November 2013 10: 11
    Although inkjets go down in history, psychologically they are stronger than reactive ones. The form of a jet of flame demoralizes very strongly.
    Popular Mechanics magazine claims that the flamethrower began to be developed before WWII, to disperse the demonstrators.
    1. smile
      smile 2 November 2013 19: 24
      Flamethrowers to disperse the demonstrators? Yeah, very humane, chegozh not buckshot, at once all the demonstrators would end .... :)))) I would like to see the gentleman who decided to burn the demonstrators alive to disperse the demonstration ...
      1. Thunderbolt
        Thunderbolt 2 November 2013 21: 08
        I think about this dream many "gentlemen" in the government of the countries, which were bought by the oligarchs, and now they are plundering their own peoples ...
      2. wei
        wei 3 November 2013 01: 34
        but gentlemen, the demonstrators do not disdain
        by the way korea
  5. Landwarrior
    Landwarrior 2 November 2013 10: 27
    In addition to his top post
    Here is the Soviet flamethrower tank OT-34.
  6. Laodamand
    Laodamand 2 November 2013 10: 44
    for me, the reactive systems "Bumblebee", "Lynx" are much more effective against bunkers than old spray guns
    1. Landwarrior
      Landwarrior 2 November 2013 13: 11
      Possible. request The hobby of the Chinese comrades for "sprayers" is apparently connected with the simplicity of the design and the possibility of mass production. what Roughly speaking, it's easier for them to make a dozen "spitters" than one RPO like "Bumblebee" request
      1. GSH-18
        GSH-18 2 November 2013 21: 13
        Quote: Landwarrior
        Maybe. request The Chinese comrades' hobby for "sprayers" is apparently connected with the simplicity of the design and the possibility of mass production.

        Just Chinese flamethrowers, dual-use products! In peacetime, they are sprayed with pests in the fields, but if there is a war, then every peasant with a sprayer in his hands instantly turns .. turns .. into a flamethrower! wassat laughing
  7. Megatron
    Megatron 2 November 2013 10: 45
    2 spacecraft collided in space: American and Chinese, 10 astronauts died on the American side, 9 cosmonauts and 10.000 stokers died on the Chinese side))))
    1. Su24
      Su24 2 November 2013 19: 45
      Quote: Megatron
      2 spacecraft collided in space: American and Chinese, 10 astronauts died on the American side, 9 cosmonauts and 10.000 stokers died on the Chinese side))))

      Damn, why American? If the astronauts, it means Russian.
    2. GSH-18
      GSH-18 2 November 2013 21: 17
      Quote: Megatron
      2 spacecraft collided in space: American and Chinese, 10 astronauts died on the American side, 9 cosmonauts and 10.000 stokers died on the Chinese side))))

      Actually, this is a joke about the unsuccessful launch of a Chinese rocket (two taikunauts and 100 stokers died!). Invented during the disaster of the American Challenger.
  8. alex-cn
    alex-cn 2 November 2013 13: 19
    All the same, in a city battle, a jet flamethrower can still have its place.
  9. Savl
    Savl 2 November 2013 16: 07
    He served as an urgent in chemical forces, so our officers said that the shot from RPO-A (Bumblebee) is like a new Zaporozhets. Gentlemen, draw conclusions!
  10. Stinger
    Stinger 2 November 2013 17: 22
    Such things must be used against lovers of the caliphate.
  11. rpek32
    rpek32 2 November 2013 17: 46
    Chinese flamethrower tank

    I see a Soviet 34-k with misunderstood devices on the tower
    1. GSH-18
      GSH-18 2 November 2013 21: 31
      Quote: rpek32
      Chinese flamethrower tank

      I see a Soviet 34-k with misunderstood devices on the tower

      You are severely mistaken, comrade! This is a true and completely Chinese development of Chinese copy engineers! lol
    2. Avenger711
      Avenger711 2 November 2013 22: 37
      This is Type 58. laughing
    3. V. Salama
      V. Salama 3 November 2013 14: 45
      Quote: rpek32
      ... with misunderstood devices on the tower
      These are TPO-50 barrels in packs of six, each liter containing 30 napalm-type fire mixtures, fired at once.
  12. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN 3 November 2013 03: 22
    Vooon where 34 matches from border URs have gone !!! Pushed into the quiet ???
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  14. givargi
    givargi 3 November 2013 06: 45
    Such weapons would greatly help the Siriisk army in street battles.
  15. Vorkot cat
    Vorkot cat 3 November 2013 22: 15
    Mdya, when a sniper hits this hefty hump on the back of the flamethrower, the result will be obvious laughing
    And with a weight of more than 23 kg, you can’t jump behind a bunny.
  16. Ols76
    Ols76 4 November 2013 05: 36
    psychologically, this is a very powerful weapon.
    1. Hort
      Hort 5 November 2013 07: 18
      it is yes. For example, I would not be near such a "sprayer" for any price, because the very first shard / bullet in the tank and the Khan's flamethrower along with those who are next to him)
      1. V. Salama
        V. Salama 5 November 2013 14: 00
        Quote: hort
        ... for the very first fragment \ bullet in the tank and the flamethrower of the khan, along with those who will be next to him
        These (based on our LPO-50) flamethrowers can be treated more calmly. There will be a hole, perhaps a tongue of smoky flame will appear, signaling that two out of three shots remain. They differ significantly in principle of action from foreign jet flamethrowers. The "jelly", which is filled in them, gets anomalous fluidity and high burning rate only after the effect of pressure and temperature from the "expelling" powder charge. A similar effect will probably be observed if a grenade gets on / into the knapsack, but here it doesn't matter - the zone of guaranteed destruction.
  17. SkiF_RnD
    SkiF_RnD 4 November 2013 15: 53
    The short range of jet flamethrowers is a serious disadvantage. If applied "on armor" - RPG will become too simple an answer, turning such a would-be tank into a column of flame. And if without armor, another problem arises. The explosion of a mine / grenade / projectile / stray bullet and cylinders with a combustible mixture can send to the next world both the flamethrower and his comrades who are nearby. When used in defense, the disadvantages will be a short range and low effectiveness of defeat (unless, of course, the attackers will not go to the assault with a shout of "banzai" in orderly rows). Why such a weapon is in service with the army today is not very clear.
    Is it that they are going to disperse the demonstrators? .. laughing
  18. From
    From 5 November 2013 06: 56
    The Anglo-Saxons intensively used flamethrower armored vehicles in urban battles (for burning out the nests of snipers, machine gunners and faust patrons). Even the newsreel got into how the Anglo-Saxon armored vehicles "go like a wedge" (watering windows of buildings with streams of fire). And what ... In "Azharit" (T-55 without a tower) you can load a lot of "fire mixture". In the late USSR, they achieved great success in remote control of armored vehicles. Even if you make control through an unwinding stranded cable, you can save a lot of the lives of your soldiers in a city battle. The distance between the controlled object and the operator controlling it will be small. But the operator will be in a sector not shot by enemies!
  19. From
    From 6 November 2013 15: 16
    Better than a flamethrower "drone" option - a controlled low-silhouette robot on tracks (with a bunch of "eyes" like a crab; automatic grenade launchers and the ability to "self-destruct" by the operator's signal). Eh ... It would have analogs of Directional Fragmentation Mines (but with the smallest radius of dispersion of fragments, like a universal offensive grenade). Miniature helicopter-type kamikaze drones (designed for ramming wounds) would also do well. The NATO members had an antipersonnel mine of pressure action (you step on it and you get a pistol bullet in your foot). A similar mechanism can be built into a mini-UAV. The drone rams the selected target, which additionally accepts a bullet of caliber up to 40 S&W (or destructive).