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Argentina: Land Weapons and Vehicles

Please note that this not a complete list of Argentinean weapons.

105mm Recoilless Rifle

9mm L34A1 Sterling Silenced Sub Machine Gun

105mm OTO-Melara Pack Howitzer

7.62mm FN MAG Machine Gun

155mm CITEFA Model 77

7.62mm FN-50-41 Light Machine Gun

MM38 Land Based Exocet

AM39 Exocet Anti-Ship Missile

7.62mm FN-50-61 Automatic Rifle

90mm Caliber Recoilless Rifle

7.65mm Mauser Sniper Rifle

120mm Mortar

9mm PA3-DM Submachine Gun

81mm Mortar

0.45in M3A1 Submachine Gun

35mmm AA Oerlikon

5.56mm Colt 'Commando' ZM177

20mm AA Rheinmetall

9mm Browning Automatic Pistol

30mm Hispania Suiza AA

LVTP-7s  Landing Vehicle Tracked Personnel

0.5in M2 Browning Machine Gun

Panhard AML90 Armoured Car

Tigercat

Roland

 

105mm 
Recoilless Rifle

105mm Recoilless Rifle

Type:

Recoilless Artillery

Calibre (mm):

105mm

Barrel Length (mm):

3000

Elevation (degrees):

+65 degrees

Weight (Kg):

219

Shell (Kg):

15.6

Rate of Fire (rpm):

 3-5

Range (m):

6,875 meters

Crew 

4

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105mm OTO-Melara 
Pack Howitzer

105mm OTO-Melara Pack Howitzer

Type:

Towed Artillery

Calibre (mm):

105

Barrel Length (m):

1.48

Elevation (degrees):

-5 to +25

Weight (Kg):

1,290

Shell (Kg):

21.06 HE

Rate of Fire (rpm):

4

Range (m):

10,57 meters

Equipped the Argentine army's 3rd artillery battalion of three batteries when it was deployed to the Falklands.

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155mm CITEFA 
Model 77

155mm CITEFA Model 77

Type:

Towed Artillery

Calibre (mm):

155

Barrel Length (m):

5.115

Elevation (degrees):

0 to +67

Weight (Kg):

8,000

Shell (Kg):

43 HE

Rate of Fire (rpm):

1 rpm sustained, 4 rpm for short periods

Range (m):

22,0000m with standard projectile; 25,300 meters 
with rocket assisted projectile

A battery of Model 77s were deployed to the Falklands, but because of their weight 
were restricted to the solid ground around Port Stanley, from where they shelled 
British forces encircling the town.

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MM38 Land Based Exocet

 

Type:

Land-based Anti-Ship Missile

Length (m):

5.21

Diameter (m):

0.35

Span (m):

1.04

Missile Weight (Kg):

735 at launch

Warhead (Kg):

165kg Hexolite/steel-block, with a delayed action proximity fuse 

Range (m):

4,000 to 42,000 meters

Speed 

Mach 0-93

Two Exocet launch boxes were stripped off the Argentine ship Guerrico after she had been 
damaged during the Invasion of South Georgia. The launches were mounted on a trailer 
and airlifted to Port Stanley. On June the 12th the Exocets were fired at H.M.S. Glamorgan. 
Glamorgan was the only RN ship to be hit by an MM38 exocet, which detonated correctly and all fires were put out some 4 hours later. The ship survived this missile attack, that was fired from an improvised land based launcher.

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AM39 Exocet Anti-Ship Missile

 

Type:

Air-launched Anti-Ship Missile

Length(m):

4.68

Diameter(m):

0.348

Missile Weight (Kg):

670

Warhead (Kg):

165kg Hexolite/steel-block, with a delayed action proximity fuse 

Range (km):

70-180 kilometres

Speed 

Mach 0-93

An Air-Launched anti-ship missile, which proved devastatingly effective against H.M.S. Sheffield and other ships in the Royal Navy task force.
Sheffield was hit by an AM39 air launched exocet from a Super Etendard as was the Atlantic Conveyor.
The attack in which Sheffield was hit was the second attempt at firing the AM39 missile for the first time.
The previous attempt was cancelled due to refuelling probe problems,.

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90mm Caliber
Recoilless Rifle

90mm Caliber Recoilless Rifle

Type:

Recoilless Artillery

Calibre (mm):

90mm

Length (m):

15 calibres

Weight (Kg):

35

Range (m):

750 meters

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120mm Mortar

120mm Mortar

Type:

Infantry support weapon

Calibre (mm):

120

Barrel weight (kg):

34

Elevation (degrees):

40-85

Weight (Kg):

94

Rate of Fire (rpm):

 8 

81mm Mortar

81mm Mortar

Type:

Infantry support weapon

Calibre (mm):

120

Barrel length (mm):

1700

Barrel weight (kg):

35

Elevation (degrees):

30-85

Weight (Kg):

86

Rate of Fire (rpm):

 8 

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Oerlikon
35mmm AA

Oerlikon 35mmm AA

Type:

Anti-Aircraft Artillery

Calibre (mm):

35

Barrel Length (m):

3.15

Elevation (degrees):

+92/-5

Weight (Kg):

6700

Rate of Fire (rpm):

550

Range (m):

4000

15 x Oerlikon GDF-200 twin AA guns were also found after the surrender, around Port Stanley and Goose Green. These were later refurbished for the The RAF Aug Regiment along with 4 of the captured "Skyguard" radars and used for some 10 years.

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Rheinmetall
20mm/75 AA 

Rheinmetall 20mm/75 AA

Type:

Anti-Aircraft Artillery

Calibre (mm):

20mm

Barrel Length (m):

20 calibres

Elevation (degrees):

+85 degrees

Weight (Kg):

1640

Shell (Kg):

0.12

Rate of Fire (rpm):

465

Range (m):

5,000

Nine or fifteen 20 mm twin Rheinmetall AA guns around Port Stanley and Goose Green.

30mm Hispania Suiza AA

Type:

Anti-Aircraft Artillery

Calibre (mm):

30mm

Barrel Length (m):

?

Elevation (degrees):

?

Weight (Kg):

?

Shell (Kg):

?

Rate of Fire (rpm):

?

Ceiling (m):

? meters

About 20 of these guns were deployed around the Port Stanley area.

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0.5in M2 Browning 
Machine Gun

0.5in M2 Browning Machine Gun

Type:

Heavy machine gun

Calibre (mm):

12.7mm

Length (m):

1.653

Weight (Kg):

39.1

Rate of Fire (rpm):

450-600

Range (m):

2,000 meters

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9mm L34A1
Sterling Silenced 
Sub Machine Gun

9mm L34A1 Sterling Silenced Sub Machine Gun

Type:

Sub Machine Gun

Calibre (mm):

9mm Parabellum

Barrel Length (mm):

198

Overall length (mm):

864

Weight (Kg):

4.3 loaded

Rate of Fire (rpm):

550

Magazine:

34-round box

This weapon was used by members of the Argentine Amphibious Commando during Operation 'Rosario', the Argentinean code name for the "Liberation of the Malvinas"

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7.62mm FN MAG 
Machine Gun

7.62mm FN MAG Machine Gun

Type:

Machine Gun

Calibre (mm):

7.62

Barrel Length (m):

0.545

Overall Length (m):

1.255

Weight (Kg):

10.85 with butt and bipod

Rate of Fire (rpm):

650-1000

Range (m):

1,200

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7.62mm FN-50-41 
Light Machine Gun

7.62mm FN-50-41 Light Machine Gun

Type:

Light Machine Gun

Calibre (mm):

7.62 x 51mm NATO

Barrel Length (mm):

621

Weight (Kg):

6.45 kg. unloaded

Rate of Fire (rpm):

650-700 

Feed

20 round box mag

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7.62mm FN-50-61

7.62mm FN-50-61

Type:

Automatic rifle

Calibre (mm):

7.62mm

Barrel Length (m):

0.533

Overall length (m):

1.09

Weight (Kg):

4.325 empty

Rate of Fire (rpm):

650-700

Range (m):

650

Magazine:

20-round box

A variant of the Belgian FN FAL rifle, details given for the FAL. 
The fully automatic fire selection is almost impossible to control

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7.65mm 
Mauser M1909

7.65mm Mauser M1909

Type:

Sniper Rifle

Calibre (mm):

7.65

Barrel Length (m):

29.1 inches

Overall Length (m):

49 inches

Weight (Kg):

9.2lbs empty

Rate of Fire (rpm):

Single shot

Range (m):

?

Magazine:

5-round staggered column box

The 1909 Argentine Mauser was made by DWM in Germany for the  Argentines, later produced in there own Argentine factory's it is large ring 98 style mauser action , earlier rifle 1891 was small ring Mauser almost identical to turk 1890, made by DWM or Lowe of Germany not gotten from Turkey but ordered from Germany. Extractors were improved on 1909 model when they went from earlier small ring 1891 design to new 98 action design that improved gas porting, larger ring dia for strength , 3rd safety lug on bolt etc.  Info supplied by Aaron.

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9mm PA3-DM
Submachine Gun

9mm PA3-DM Submachine Gun

Type:

  Submachine gun

Caliber

9mm Parabellum

Barrel Length (mm):

290 

Overall length (mm):

700 

Weight (Kg):

3.4

Rate of Fire (rpm):

650 

Magazine:

 25 round box

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0.45in M3A1 
Submachine Gun
"Grease Gun"

0.45in M3A1 Submachine Gun

Type:

  Submachine gun

Caliber

0.45inch 

Barrel Length (cm):

20.32

Overall length 

22.8 inches with stock retracted

Weight (Kg):

3.696

Rate of Fire (rpm):

450

Range (m):

150

Magazine:

30-round detachable box magazine

Cheap, ugly and effective, the M3 submachine gun entered U.S. service in December of 1942. Known to GIs as "the Grease Gun"

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5.56mm Colt 
'Commando' 
ZM177

5.56mm Colt 'Commando' ZM177

Type:

Light Machine Gun

Calibre (mm):

5.56mm NATO

Barrel Length (m):

0.545

Overall Length (m):

1.255

Weight (Kg):

10.85 with butt and bipod

Rate of Fire (rpm):

650-1000

Range (m):

1,200

9mm Browning

9mm Browning

Type:

Automatic Pistol

Calibre (mm):

9

Length (m):

0.2

Weight (Kg):

810g empty

Rate of Fire (rpm):

N/A

Magazine capacity:

13

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LVTP-7s 
Landing Vehicle 
Tracked Personnel

LVTP-7s Landing Vehicle Tracked Personnel

Type:

Amphibious tracked vehicle

Engine:

Detroit Diesel 8V-53T water cooled, turbo charged diesel 

Road speed speed (km):

64

Waterborne speed  (km):

13.5

Range on land  (km):

482 

Range on water (km):

7 hours

Length with gun (m):

7.943

Width: (m)

3.27

Height: (m)

3.12

Weight (Kg):

23,936

Hull Armour (mm):

30

Armament:

12-7mm mg

Crew :

3, Commander, Gunner, Driver  + 25 troops

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Panhard AML90
Armoured Car

Panhard AML90 Armoured Car

Type:

Armoured Car

Engine:

90 HP- four opposite cylinders, petrol, air cooled four-stroke engine with carburettor

Speed road speed

upto 110 km / hr; normal cruising speed of 80kph

Range (Km):

700 

Length with gun (m):

7.693 

Width:

2.495 m

Height:

2.254 m (overall), 1.502 m (hull top)

Weight (Kg):

5,500 kg

Armour (mm):

10 mm (maximum)

Armament:

1 x 7.62 mm
1 x 7.62 mm MG (coaxial)

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Shorts Tigercat

Type:

Surface to Air missile

Length (m):

1.48

Diameter (m):

0.19

Span (m):

0.65

Missile Weight (Kg):

65

Range (m):

6.5km

Speed 

Mach 0.8

Tigercat was a private development of the Shorts Seacat missile, the system comes in a quad laucnher mounted on a vehcile or a triple launcher towed by a land rover carrying a radar unit. The system can also be deployed as two trailers. The basic system is a radio guided version with an enhanced version using a radar for blind and dark fire capability.

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Euromissile Roland

Type:

Surface to air missile

Length (m):

2.40

Diameter (m):

0.16

Span (m):

0.5

Missile Weight (Kg):

67

Range (m):

0.5 to 6.3 km

Speed 

Mach 1.5

Roland is a self-propelled missile system, the data given here is for the weapon. The vehicle is a three person self-propelled carrier usually carrying ten Roland missiles The Vehicle turret carries two launcher rails and the vehicle has a machine gu for self-defence.

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