The LPO-50 used three fuel tanks carried on the back. Unlike other flamethrowers which use pressurized gas to project the fuel, the LPO-50 uses a black powder cartridge to empty each tank. Because of this, the weapon could be fired exactly three times, each shot completely emptying one of tanks.
- First Used: 1968
- Range: 70 yards
- 3x0.75 Gas tanks
- Ammo: Thickened diesel fuel
Like all major powers during World War II, the Soviets used flamethrowers sparingly during the war, and even less during later conflicts. During a time known as "the Troubles" during the mid-1980's, the IRA smuggled a number of these flamethrowers into Ireland from Libya (as the controversial dictator Muammar Gaddafi openly supported the IRA terrorists). The most well known use was in an ambush against a British Army checkpoint on December 13, 1989, which was referenced during the IRA vs. Taliban episode. However while the episode depicts the flamethrower killing two British Army soldiers, in the actual attack it was used against a command post and the soldiers were killed by gunfire.
This weapon was paired against the RPG-7 Rocket Launcher. The LPO-50 (or rather, since the LPO-50 is banned in the US, a substitute flamethrower) burnt its targets at temperatures of 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the effective range (920 meters), explosion radius, and killing power of the RPG-7 were unquestionable, giving it the edge in mid-range weapons.
The footage for season one reviewed the I.R.A.'s LPO-50 Flamethrower against the Spetsnaz's Saiga Shotgun. While the Saiga was quick and deadly, the LPO-50 Flamethrower brought a psychological advantage. Additionally, burn injuries were deemed to be far worse than gunshot wounds, giving the I.R.A. the edge.