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rocket propelled grenade launcher (rpg-7)
rocket propelled grenade launcher (rpg-7)

Soviet made, the rocket-propelled grenade launcher fires a rocket out of a tube. The launcher rests on the firer's shoulder. The rocket is percussion fired and the gasses escape the nozzle at a high velocity. This causes the rocket to launch. Just as the rocket emerges from the tube, large fins spring out from the rocket. These fins along with a motor on the rocket allows the missile to travel a great distance. Often used as an anti-tank weapon, the Somalis used an RPG to down the Blackhawk.

Specifications

RPG-7V
Calibre: launcher, 40mm
Length: launcher, 950mm
Weight: launcher with sight, 6.9 kg
Muzzle Velocity: 120 m/s
Max flight velocity: 300 m/s
Range: moving targets, 300 m; stationary target 500m
Armour pentration: see text


Manufacturers

Kovrov Mechanical Plant, Vladimir Region, Russia
SRPE Bazalt, Moscow, Russia


Source: Jane's Infantry Weapons, 24th Edition 1998-99.


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