W85 heavy machine gun
The W-85 heavy machine gun is a gas-operated heavy machine gun designed in the People's Republic of China. It fires the Soviet-designed 12.7×108mm round. The W85 is not to be confused with the Type 85, another Chinese machine gun of the same caliber but of a different design.
|Type||Heavy machine gun|
|Place of origin||China|
|Used by||See Users|
|Wars||War in Darfur|
Northern Mali conflict
Syrian Civil War
Libyan Civil War
Iraqi Civil War
Yemeni Civil War
|Mass||18.5 kg (40.79 lb) (gun only) |
17.5 kg (38.58 lb) (tripod)
|Rate of fire||550-600 rounds/min|
|Muzzle velocity||850 m/s (2,788 ft/s)|
The W85 was designed to be as light as possible for infantry use. Its small receiver is of generally rectangular cross-section and it has a thick gas tube below the barrel containing a conventional gas piston. In addition to iron sights it has rails for optics or anti-aircraft sights. It fires 12.7×108mm rounds from belts and is more accurate than the Type 54 heavy machine gun, but the thinner barrel overheats faster. In trials the W85 lost out to the Type 85 as an infantry weapon and was not accepted into PLA service.
Although the W85 was not accepted into Chinese service, years later a variant was adopted called the QJC-88. The QJC-88 was introduced as a pintle mounted machine gun for tanks and armored vehicles. It weighs the same, is solenoid fired, and is mounted on a special cradle allowing for elevation angles of -5 to +65°.
- Iran
- Libya: Libyan National Army
- Rwanda: Used by Rwandan peacekeepers in Darfur.
- South Sudan: South Sudan Democratic Movement
- Sri Lanka
- Sudan: Manufactured locally as Khawad.
- Syria
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