The Panzerfaust 3 (Tank fist 3 or "The German RPG") entered into production in 1987 and is still in service with the German Bundeswehr and several other countries, such as Japan and the Netherlands. This light anti-tank weapons (LAW) system is man-portable, shoulder-fired and unguided, and is known for its high kill probability, firing from enclosed spaces (due to the recoilless countermass principle) and low costs. More than 250,000 units of the PzF 3 have been produced since the early 1990s.
Panzerfaust 3 (PzF 3)
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Global distribution map
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Global distribution list
The data on global distribution and production is provided primarily by the BwVC, but also from national and regional focal points on SALW control; data published by think tanks, international organizations and experts; and/or data provided by individual researchers on SALW. It is not exhaustive. If you would like to add to or amend the data, please click here.
|Country of origin|
|Production without a licence|
|G||Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by Governmental agencies.|
|N||Non-Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by non-Governmental armed groups.|
|U||Unspecified: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is found in the country, but do not specify whether it is held by Governmental agencies or non-Governmental armed groups.|
It is entirely possible to have a combination of tags beside each country. For example, if country X is tagged with a G and a U, it means that at least one source of data identifies Governmental agencies as holders of weapon type Y, and at least one other source confirms the presence of the weapon in country X without specifying who holds it.
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