It is no secret that the West has supplied Ukraine with various anti-tank and anti-armor weapon systems that have helped them fend off Russian tanks. The more well-known are the Javelins the US donated and the NLAWs that the British Government also gave the Ukrainian Armed Forces. However, there’s another anti-tank weapon that has not been getting the recognition it deserves, and that is the German-made tank killer, the Panzerfaust 3.

Last February 3, the Netherlands, with Germany’s approval, donated some 400 Panzerfaust 3 rocket-propelled grenade launchers to Ukraine in an attempt to aid the Ukrainian defensive efforts.

The Panzerfaust 3, literally meaning “armor fist” or “tank fist,” has its origins in World War II when its older brother (or father at this point) the Panzerfaust was used in the Second World War. There were highly effective against allied tanks from the US, UK, and ironically enough, the Soviet Union.

A pretty useful weapon at that time, it was a single shot, recoilless German anti-tank weapon that was inexpensive and pretty straightforward to use. The Panzerfaust had 6 variations, the original version being the Panzerfaust 30 Klein, Panzerfaust 60, Panzerfaust 100, Panzerfaust 150, and the Panzerfaust 250. The numbers were indicative of the nominal maximum range of the weapons, i.e., 30m for the Germans and so on.

Going back to the Panzerfaust 3, it was developed during the Cold War because the Panzerfaust 2 Lanze had been aging, as all weapons do. From 1978 to 1979, the Germans developed the Panzerfaust 3 until Dynamit Nobel AG received a development order. It was then officially introduced and used in 1987 through 1992 in various capacities, showcasing its dual hollow charge tandem warhead to go head to head with explosive reactive armor. The ones used in Ukraine, the Panzerfaust 3 (PxF) 3-IT-600, has a range of up to 600 meters (staying true to its naming format) and has now been upgraded to be computer-assisted in terms of its sighting and targeting.