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    Post  flamming_python on Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:01 pm

    Regular wrote:Did You mean Hook in russian? It is already developed. I think it is available for export and Russian military but never heard any news about purchases. Russian army doesn't really need those weapons now, RPG-7 with tandem warheads are very capable and Russia has more serious anti-tank means to deal with enemy tanks.

    You see the RPG-7, due to among other things - having the warhead not enclosed in the launcher itself but sticking out - is a very flexible weapon that can theoretically shoot rounds with any size/shape warhead imaginable. This makes it very long-lasting and relevant even in the 21st century.

    The trouble is that while the warhead possibilities are vast, the rocket motor and rest of the RPG round assembly is very much limited by the RPG-7s diameter and design. There are now tandem rounds available for the RPG-7 with basically 2 HEAT cones (from what I understand); but imagine what kind of flight profile a heavier, more unwieldy round such as this, with its 2 bulges, would have with the very same rocket motor that was made for much smaller ones.

    As a result - as the rounds get newer, their range decreases.

    For this reason it's better to go onto a new platform such as the RPG-29 which is highly lethal.
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    Re: RPG/RPO Thread

    Post  medo on Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:25 pm

    If there is one point that I agree with you, is this. Yes you are right, with highly qualified soldiers, a Javelin could probably burnt, or disabled a T-90. Not because US hardware is more sophisticated, or more advanced than the others, but because simply, as I already said, the concept of Tank is dead. This is the end of the time for tank, the pictures that I posted you before is normally enough to realize that the blitz concept, that originated from first wold war, 1916, nearly one century is over.
    The future is in flying tank, like AH 64 Apache, Chinese Z10, European Tiger, Mil Mi 24, Mil Mi 28, Ka-50 etc...

    If you succeed to get T-90 alone and hit it with Javelin, than you are correct. BUTtanks are not operated alone. Modern army with T-90 tanks will have escort of infantry, IFVs, artillery and finaly modern air defense protection. Javelin and spike fly high and slow and are easy targets for modern AA complexes. It could be easily locked and shot down by Pantsir or Tor or modern Igla-S, but as well as with AA guns like Pantsir or modernized Tunguska or even Shilka, where new digital computers and improved radars could enable them C-RAM capabilities (counter rocket, artillery, mortar). You will fire first Javelin, which AD escort will shot down before it hit a target, but you will not be able to fire second one, because you will be under fire. Tanks are still iron fist of army and with proper use and support still deadly dangerous on battlefield.

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    Post  dionis on Wed May 08, 2013 7:25 am

    Why not add a precursor round to the RPG-28? THAT is a weapon that can do some serious damage.

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    Post  GarryB on Wed May 08, 2013 10:42 am

    The RPG-28 is huge... 1.2m long in the tube and 12kgs.

    It is already has two explosive charges in the warhead... i suspect the next evolution will be two full calibre shaped charges plus a small precursor charge in an extended nose probe for the 105mm warhead like the new HEAT 125mm tank round but able to be used in the RPG-29 and RPG-7.

    Perhaps fit a dummy rocket with 10 forward looking corner reflectors to create a radar image that is enormous for another rocket to hide behind... perhaps with a burning flare so that optics, IR and and radar can be defeated...
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    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Wed May 08, 2013 1:29 pm

    it would be great also if the RPG-29 inertial or lazer guided warhead would be developed to complement the RPG-30 while being more powerful.

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    Post  dionis on Wed May 08, 2013 11:18 pm

    GarryB wrote:The RPG-28 is huge... 1.2m long in the tube and 12kgs.

    It is already has two explosive charges in the warhead... i suspect the next evolution will be two full calibre shaped charges plus a small precursor charge in an extended nose probe for the 105mm warhead like the new HEAT 125mm tank round but able to be used in the RPG-29 and RPG-7.

    Perhaps fit a dummy rocket with 10 forward looking corner reflectors to create a radar image that is enormous for another rocket to hide behind... perhaps with a burning flare so that optics, IR and and radar can be defeated...

    Still smaller than the RPG-29, albeit the -28 has shorter range.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu May 09, 2013 1:47 am

    I rather suspect the future of Russian RPGs will take the course of the RPG-32 developed with Jordanian money.

    For those not familiar, the RPG-32 is a sight pack and grip that has rocket cannisters attached to its rear. It can take four different rocket types in two calibres... it can handle 72mm rockets and 105mm rockets, with a HEAT and thermobaric warhead type for each calibre.

    There are about four switches and knobs on the sight, including the type of rocket loaded, the temperature (ie above freezing or below freezing), and a few others as well, so you attach a rocket suitable to the target... small HEAT for medium and light armoured target, small thermobaric for MG position of sniper position of unarmoured vehicle etc, or large HEAT for tank from the side or rear, or heavy bunker, or heavy thermobaric for strong structure etc, set the appropriate switches and fire.

    I rather suspect that the next Russian version will have an even wider selection of calibres and rocket options including RPO and MPO rockets, and engineering rocket types including RShG, and RMG as well as a wider variety of calibres including 125mm, 105mm, 93mm, etc. I also think that a simple ballistics computer and laser range finder could be included in the sighting system to allow the user to quickly lase a target, which generates a small dot in his telescopic sight as an aim point for that type of rocket loaded to that range.

    Not actually guided, but much easier to use and cheap because the sight including the ballistic computer and laser range finder is fully reusable, and the rockets remain cheap. A simple gyro stabiliser could be added to the rockets to keep them pointing at the target rather than be effected by wind, that should improve accuracy in cross winds without making them a lot more expensive.

    Still smaller than the RPG-29, albeit the -28 has shorter range.

    True, but the 105mm RPG-29 rockets are lighter, so carrying the RPG-29 and 6 rockets will be lighter and easier than carrying 6 RPG-28s.
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    Post  d_taddei2 on Tue May 21, 2013 1:48 am

    Hi all, would be great to see some good views on the following subject.

    RPG-7The RPG-7 as you all know is the most used shoulder launched anti tank weapon in todays conflicts. Its been copied numerous times, but many western forces (i was in the British army) have played down its usefullness mainly down to accuracy and penetration. I personally think its cheap, easy to use, and with the variety of rounds available, its cheapness allows an army to field more anti tank weapons and purchase more rounds, and i would imagine troops training on the system would have greater chance of actually firing a live round, not like when i was in training there was only 8 live LAW 94 allowed for a company of men which meant 8 people got to fire out of around 80 men, and this was about the only chance some people got. Ive fired and RPG-2 which turned out to be extremely faulty (video clip available if people want to see)Whats your views on the RPG-7?

    SPG-9Anti tank gun(man portable type) systems are no longer used by the western nations and production of newer systems have long gone, but yet so many older types are still in service with various armies around the world and the Russian SPG-9 is probably the most common and mostly mounted on a 4x4 etc. New upgraded rounds have been produced over the years. But should it be confined to storage/reserve forces? should armies purchase new more updated equipment?
    AT-3 SAGGERI would also like to ask the same question about the AT-3 Sagger  even with its many upgrades should this also be replaced by newer systems?

    Some of you may ask why i ask such questions. But we can't get away from the fact that despite new systems being developed most of these new systems are either only in use by a handful of forces around the world or in small quantities. The cost of these new systems are sometimes not an option for some countries and then you got got production issues. So with the changing conflicts around the world many armies/rebels/terrorists still relies on this older equipment or finds themselves up against this older equipment.
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    Post  Cyberspec on Tue May 21, 2013 12:02 pm

    Obviously the Rpg-7 in it's various versions will be around for a long time yet. I think it's a very useful weapon as it gives the infantry a lot of firepower in a man portable format. IMO, it's more useful than the disposable rocket launchers and especially as a means of taking out fortifications, snipers, machine gun nests and so on....sort of like an infantry platoon's/company very own artillery.

    The same goes for the SPG-9 except that it has a longer reach. They are particularly useful in mountain terrain and urban fighting. Some American units brought back their recoilless rifles in Afghanistan when it became apparent how expensive it was to waste ATGW on lone snipers or machine gunners

    I think the Maljutka (AT-3) is completely outdated, plus it's not easy to use. It takes a fair bit of training to get a well trained operator. Unless a country already has large stocks that could be upgraded, I don't see why anyone would be buying them.
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    Re: RPG/RPO Thread

    Post  GarryB on Tue May 21, 2013 12:08 pm

    Whats your views on the RPG-7?

    A very clever combination of simple but effective.

    It has has growth potential even today, and while it is an anti tank weapon... in reality it is probably used for everything but anti tank use, and so the best missile to develop for it would be a HE FRAG round. The current HE FRAG round has a 40mm calibre payload, I would think a new more effective rocket could be developed as a dedicated anti personnel weapon.

    BTW the standard RPG-7 has relatively cheap rockets of a wide variety of types but mostly black plastic practise rounds are used for training.

    I took my nephew out to fire my FN FAL before he joined the Army just so he knew what firing a rifle was like. He returned the favour by giving me a 105mm artillery shell case and a linked belt of three (fired) 25mm cannon shells from a NZ Army LAV III. He said he really enjoyed firing an RPG during officer training. He did a tour in Afghanistan but wasn't allowed to bring back trophies.. Sad

    If I was in charge of the NZ or British Army I would introduce the RPG just as a general purpose weapon for those targets that need something that goes boom to deal with them. I would probably ask for 60mm calibre HE FRAG warheads to be developed for them just to add to the performance against enemy infantry in the open and behind cover.

    But should it be confined to storage/reserve forces? should armies purchase new more updated equipment?

    The Soviets used them in bases in Afghanistan as firepower that was cheap and simple but could reach the enemy up to 2.5km away that was outside small arms fire range with a good HE punch.

    Recoilless Rifles are cheap and simple ways to deliver HE in a way that is more accurate than most light mortars and with shorter projectile flight time... direct fire increases accuracy.

    AT-3 SAGGERI would also like to ask the same question about the AT-3 Sagger even with its many upgrades should this also be replaced by newer systems?

    The AT-7 and AT-13 would be rather good replacements for Sagger... Sagger had a range of 3km, while AT-7 is 1.5km and AT-13 is 2km, but the AT-13 is very low cost, very light weight and portable and can penetrate 950mm of RHA. It is low cost and comes with a thermal sight so it is all weather day and night capable... in many ways the AT-13 is a cheap simple Milan.

    So with the changing conflicts around the world many armies/rebels/terrorists still relies on this older equipment or finds themselves up against this older equipment.

    Each new Russian/Soviet system was developed on the experience of the previous system... the SA-6 was effective but when the single radar vehicle was taken out the entire battery was vulnerable... the BUK (SA-11) added optical guidance and also a guidance radar on most of the missile carriers... this made the system very expensive and not that many were exported compared with KUB (SA-6).

    In terms of SAMs the newest systems are expensive to buy but an effort has been made to keep the missiles cheap and simple so they can be bought and used in large numbers.

    The Russian ATGMs can be split into groups... cheap wire guided... ie Sagger, Fagot, Konkurs, Metis, Metis-M1, cheap command guided... AT-2 Falanga, AT-6 Shturm, AT-9 Ataka, and laser beam riding... Kornet, Kornet EM, Kristantema.

    The command guided weapons are helicopter launched missiles, while the wire guided were infantry models... the laser beam riding has started to take over for aircraft and vehicle mounted systems, but they are all relatively cheap and simple and able to be produced in enormous numbers.

    On paper not as capable as Spike or Javelin, but more likely to be encountered on the battlefield in numbers.
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    Post  d_taddei2 on Tue May 21, 2013 7:31 pm

    [quote="GarryB"]
    Whats your views on the RPG-7?

    Hi garry some really views/info, good point about the spg-9 being used in afghan i believe there were rounds which would explode once they got to a certain distance (1,200m) which was used to attack snipers hiding in cover. The RPG-7 would be a weapon i would have available if i was in charge of forces, your right in saying its anti tank role is limited to light armour and more suited to bunker busting/urban enviroment especially if using thermobaric rounds Smile

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKC0oS4Tp_s
    this is a clip of me firing m79 grenande launcher and a faulty rpg-2 with the Cambodian army, they kept changing the propellant and at one point i said i am a dead man this stuff is old. you can skip straight to round failing around 8.00 mins mark in the clip if you want to skip the boring part after the m79 shoot, the round only travelled about 5-6m the shrapnel is still in me, doc's decided not to bother taking it out. lool.
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    Post  Regular on Tue May 21, 2013 7:44 pm

    Wow, You are lucky man, thanks for the video
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    Post  Cyberspec on Tue May 21, 2013 10:42 pm

    [quote="d_taddei2"]
    GarryB wrote:
    Whats your views on the RPG-7?
    ...the round only travelled about 5-6m the shrapnel is still in me, doc's decided not to bother taking it out. lool.

    that was close Shocked

    Doesn't the piece of shrapnel bother you?
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    Post  TR1 on Tue May 21, 2013 10:45 pm

    [quote="d_taddei2"]
    GarryB wrote:
    Whats your views on the RPG-7?

    Hi garry some really views/info, good point about the spg-9 being used in afghan i believe there were rounds which would explode once they got to a certain distance (1,200m) which was used to attack snipers hiding in cover. The RPG-7 would be a weapon i would have available if i was in charge of forces, your right in saying its anti tank role is limited to light armour and more suited to bunker busting/urban enviroment especially if using thermobaric rounds Smile

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKC0oS4Tp_s
    this is a clip of me firing m79 grenande launcher and a faulty rpg-2 with the Cambodian army, they kept changing the propellant and at one point i said i am a dead man this stuff is old. you can skip straight to round failing around 8.00 mins mark in the clip if you want to skip the boring part after the m79 shoot, the round only travelled about 5-6m the shrapnel is still in me, doc's decided not to bother taking it out. lool.

    Holy crap!
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    Post  collegeboy16 on Wed May 22, 2013 5:53 am

    Woah, thats very lucky,, glad youre ok
    IMO the RPG-7 along with the AK series would be here for a very, very long time. Against AFVs with their APS, RPG-7s wont probably stand a chance, but with frag against infantry, they will be very effective. Ofc. infantry would be wearing advanced forms of flak vest so larger frag warheads would be needed along with cheap guidance for mini UAVs. The mini UAVs would be used for top attack, or for long range fire where they would self-destruct against the target.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed May 22, 2013 6:20 am

    Hi garry some really views/info, good point about the spg-9 being used in afghan i believe there were rounds which would explode once they got to a certain distance (1,200m) which was used to attack snipers hiding in cover.

    It was cheap simple and ammo was available. In fact it was also widely used by civilian companies in the Former Soviet Union to deal with snow that was building up to set off avalanches and I know that for a period they used RRs in Canada for the same purpose. AFAIK in many places they have set up systems that use natural gas with electric detonators to set off avalanches in places prone to snow build up and helos with sticks of explosive for more remote places.

    In places like Afghanistan where you can eventually locate a shooter that might be across the valley from you... the problem is how to engage him? RRs reach out and touch, are relatively mobile and the ammo is cheap and accurate out to 2km or more.

    The RPG-7 would be a weapon i would have available if i was in charge of forces, your right in saying its anti tank role is limited to light armour and more suited to bunker busting/urban enviroment especially if using thermobaric rounds

    The Thermobaric rounds do look very effective, but I would like to see a larger heavier fragmentation round too as the 40mm standard grenade looks a little small to me.

    Regarding that vid... My god! you are a very brave man!!!

    When you try to fire that RPG-2 and it fails and that guy just takes it and points it up while he has a look and makes an adjustment and then just hands it back for another go is quite frankly frightening.

    For those that don't understand, standard policy with a miss fire is to keep the weapon pointed down range because it might be a hang fire. The RPG-2 has a simple design with a firing cap on the rocket that is hit by a firing pin in the mechanism. When you load a rocket you are supposed to line the primer with the firing pin. By the look of it it is probably not standard ammo so that guy is having problems lining the firing pin with the primer so the rocket motor is not being ignited. Of course if it is a faulty primer it could launch while he is holding it with the rocket pointing up and the rocket exhaust pointed and your feet....!!!!

    Notice most of the men stay with the vehicle... and the guy that seems to handle the weapon never takes his helmet off...

    Working with Explosives is like working with high voltage electricity... you only have to make one mistake and that is it so you should always be super careful.

    doc's decided not to bother taking it out. lool.

    Would be an awesome souvenir...

    Nice video... thanks for sharing... Smile

    Against AFVs with their APS, RPG-7s wont probably stand a chance,

    A volley of 4-5 RPGs from different directions at once would make life hard for even the best APS, and at the very least use up defensive munitions that might deplete the system and make it vulnerable to more powerful weapons.

    but with frag against infantry, they will be very effective. Ofc. infantry would be wearing advanced forms of flak vest so larger frag warheads would be needed along with cheap guidance for mini UAVs.

    Actually even with the heaviest flak vests arms and legs are still vulnerable... as are faces. With the right design with enormous numbers of small high velocity fragments such a rocket could be devastating.

    If you look here on this site there were a couple of excellent videos posted about the RPGs and grenade launchers in the Russian military and I distinctly remember one with 40mm under barrel grenades detonating amongst a whole lot of balloons representing potential targets to show the lethal effect and coverage of the fragments... and it was impressively effective.

    The main problem with rockets that explode at specific ranges is that if it is not variable then actually getting your target to actually be in that range when you fire can come down to blind luck... you can plan to have a launch position 1,000m from where the enemy helos will be, but when your rockets self detonate at between 950m and 1,050m and your rockets don't have a 100m lethal fragment radius then in actual practise what you are really doing is aiming for the target at near max range with a very low chance of a hit, but hoping you might get lucky and have the rocket self destruct in the right place anyway. Having a round that spreads good sized fragments over a wide area greatly improves your chances.

    To answer the original question again... if you already have plenty of these systems... and they are all very widespread, then continuing to use them certainly makes sense.

    If however you actually do have some money and don't like to risk the lives of your soldiers with old dodgy ammo then newer models become more appealing if they can be acquired.

    Specifically the RPG-7v2 still make sense as a primary support weapon. The SPG-9 was largely replaced by a combination of the 73mm gun of the BMP-1 that fired very similar ammo and ATGMs. The BMP-1 was fitted with the 73mm gun to cover the first 300m where the AT-3 was not so good as it was being gathered by the guidance system.

    The 100mm 2A70 rifled gun of the BMP-3 replaced both the 73mm gun and the Sagger missile with its powerful HE FRAG shell and its laser guided missile... the former cheap and more powerful than the SPG-9 and the latter offering guidance and longer effective range, though it was not cheap at the time it is cheaper and much more mature now.

    And of course the Sagger, that was initially replaced with an AT-4 and then with the dual use AT-4/-5 launcher, which used rather more effective missiles and simpler guidance, though later model Sagger systems also use CLOS guidance too.

    Currently the Metis-M1 would be the ideal replacement for the Sagger as it is cheap and simple and effective and actually more portable than the original Sagger.

    There are upgraded models of Sagger that improve penetration to 800mm, but that only makes sense if you already have lots of Saggers.

    I would think that the next step in Russian RPG design will have a unified launcher that can have a range of rocket calibres and types attached to a gripstock with a laser range finder and ballistics computer that will project an illuminated aim point in the sight based on the ammo loaded and range to the target and other variables to make the hit probability as high as possible without the complexity and cost of guided rockets. A simple ram air gyro could be used to simplify the flight path of the rocket making it more accurate without adding too much cost and reducing error in high crosswinds.
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    Post  d_taddei2 on Wed May 22, 2013 8:50 pm

    hi all thanks for sharing info on this thread, i think the many comments made about the rpg-7 in the anti infantry all makes sense to have a bigger round and its very true about the body armour it doesnt stop the arms/legs and face being hit, also the body armour i was issued in the army wasnt designed to stop bullets or shrapnel but designed to keep your body together so to speak, so the exit wound was reduced, it was really only thick soft plastic, and when on operations in Northern Ireland we had a small kelvar plate added to it the plate was only alittle bit bigger than your heart the area it covered, so wounds to the lungs/stomach could still happen, the plate would be effective against 7.62mm.

    As for the rpg-2 wound the shrapnel niggles now and then, and the thoughts on the misfire was exactly what i was thinking at the time, the charges they were using were swollen with moisture of the years and the rocket bodys were rusty, the army was wearing a motorcycle helmet and the other was wearing a straw hat and silver flip flops (thongs as the aussie's know then as)totally un-professional, ive shot in many places in the world with various armies, and gun clubs, in Vietnam (also went down the chu chi min tunnels), shooting in an old underground bunker in Latvia, ive even visited Chernobyl for a whole day lol, and even own a few de-activates and a trabant (East german 2-stroke car for those who dont know what it is). And yes i was lucky if it had hit my head/eye or my heart things could have been different. The first aid given at the time was brake fluid from the toyota and chewed up leaves from a nearby bush, i continued to fire a K-57 and AK-47 before heading to the docs to get stitched up, tetnaus jab and x-ray was done in the UK after i finished my cambodian and (then onto) vietnam trip. Clips and pics of me firing other weapons are available if u want to see them.

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    BUR Grenade Launcher (Granatomet)

    Post  TheArmenian on Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:38 am

    Translations for below poster displayed at the IMDS 2013 Naval Show:

    (Top) Small Grenade Launcher Complex
    (Bottom) Universal weapon for Tomorrow's War
     







    The related page on the manufacturer's site: http://www.kbptula.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=309&Itemid=653&lang=en

    I created this thread to discuss these grenade launchers/reactive flamethrowers because I find these (BUR, RPO, SHMEL) mini-"weapons of mass destruction" to be very interesting yet often hardly mentioned in discussions.

    I know that Armenia has them, but this kind of weapons don't seem to be exported widely.
    Looking at the city warfare in the Syrian war. I am surprised that they are not issued to the Syrian army. The regular RPGs seem to be the default weapons in the various civil wars.

    Looking forward to your ideas and opinions.

    By the way, below is a comparative picture of Bur and Shmel-M

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    Re: RPG/RPO Thread

    Post  Zivo on Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:04 am

    The round only weighs 3.5 kg. The launcher+optics is 1.3. That is a lot of power for small lightweight package.


    On a side note, KBP has a nice looking website.
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    Re: RPG/RPO Thread

    Post  GarryB on Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:03 pm

    As I mentioned in my previous post on another thread they have evolved way beyond just a LAW clone... they went from RPG-18, to RPG-22, and then RPG-26, then RPG-27 and now RPG-28 in disposable anti armour rocket launchers.
    They then added the RPO series rocket launchers and now have the MRO and RShG launchers as well with the reloadable launchers RPG-2, RPG-7, RPG-16 and now RPG-29. The RPG-2 is now obsolete and the RPG-16 was not in front line service for that long before the RPG-29 replaced it but the two widely used reusable launchers retain their usefulness because they have HE as well as anti armour warheads which makes them more flexible than previous models.

    The RPG-28 is 12kgs and has a 125mm warhead.

    For more info see this website:

    http://world.guns.ru/grenade/grenade-e.html
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    Re: RPG/RPO Thread

    Post  TheArmenian on Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:24 pm


    Lots more photos of the BUR can be found in this photogallery:
    http://rbase.new-factoria.ru/gallery/vystavka-v-ramkah-mezhdunarodnogo-sovmestnogo-operativno-strategicheskogo-ucheniya-gosudarstv-uchastnikov-sng-don
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    Re: RPG/RPO Thread

    Post  collegeboy16 on Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:51 pm

    Nice, another neat household cleaning tool Laughing . They are really preparing for urban warfare, with weapons like these and especially armatas and etc. . Wonder where they would get to test these equipment, the caucasus, some small nation or China's ghost cities:P 
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    Re: RPG/RPO Thread

    Post  GarryB on Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:47 pm

    Well you have made the thread so I might as well talk about the many Soviet/Russian shoulder fired rockets.

    In the 1980s they had the RPO-A, RPO-D, and RPO-Z, plus also the disposable RPG-18 and RPG-22 as well as the reusable RPG-7, RPG-16, and RPG-29.

    The RPG-7 has endured because it has been adapted to take larger and larger calibre rockets, while the other systems have been growth restricted by their fixed calibre.

    The RPO series has been upgraded with the RPO-M system with a new gripstock and updated rockets that are more powerful and have better effective range while being lighter.

    New systems include the RPG-26, RPG-27, RPG-28 disposable launchers firing anti armour rockets in 72.5mm, 105mm, and 125mm calibre, where the second two have tandem warheads with a small precursor charge in its nose to set off ERA.

    The RShG-1 and RShG-2 and RMG are engineer rockets with thermobaric warheads that are the direct equivalents of the RPG-26 and RPG-27 with the matchup being both the RPG-26 and the RShG-2 are 72.5mm calibre rockets that weigh 3kgs and 4kgs each respectively but the former has a single HEAT warhead and the latter has a thermobaric HE warhead.
    The RPG-27 and RShG-1 are both 8.3kg 105mm calibre rockets, but the RPG-27 has a tandem HEAT warhead while the RShG-1 has a single thermobaric HE warhead. The RMG has a tandem warhead arrangement with a nose mounted HEAT precursor charge and a thermobaric HE warhead to the rear.

    The RPO-M family includes an A, a D, and a Z model that are thermobaric, smoke, and incendiary warheads respectively with a calibre of 90mm they are slightly lighter but longer ranged and more powerful than the old RPO-A, RPO-D, and RPO-Z that they are replacing.

    The new reusable gripstock looks the same as the one for this new 62mm Bur light weight rocket so I expect they might have new models of the MRO family of rockets as well. The old RPO rockets were quite heavy at about 12kgs each, and the new RPO-M reduces this weight to just over 8kgs per rocket. The original weight of the old RPO rockets meant they developed the MRO family that had a smaller calibre to reduce their weight to just under 5kgs. Whether the new Bur 62mm rockets replace the 72.5mm MRO or not I don't know, but I suspect that the old Shmel (RPO-A/D/Z) will be replaced by the Shmel-M (RPO-M) and that the MRO will be replaced by the Bur as a lighter handier alternative.

    Using one gripstock to load RPO-M or Bur rockets makes sense but will they extend it to create a unified unguided rocket launcher that can launch light and heavy anti armour and anti material (HEAT and HE) rockets.

    If there is a reloadable launcher for current disposable rockets will it be like the RPG-32, or a gripstock like the one for the Bur and Shmel-M?

    I like the gripstock idea because it does not limit the calibre of the weapon and calibre is very important for penetration for HEAT warheads.

    The RPG-29 for example can't fire the rockets developed for the RPG-28 because the RPG-29 is 105mm calibre and the RPG-28 rocket is 125mm in calibre.

    Of course developing HE rounds in 105mm calibre make sense as they can also be used on the RPG-7 and RPG-29 and are used in the disposable RShG-1 and RMG launchers, but there is no need for the weight and calibre of a 125mm HE round as the only current 125mm weapon is disposable.

    There was talk of fitting the 125mm HEAT rocket launchers to light aircraft and helos as anti armour weapons but nothing seems to have come from it... but it is perfectly possible that light UCAVs might deploy them as very cheap anti armour weapons.

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    Post  sheytanelkebir on Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:03 pm

    I would think there would be a nice little niche market for anyone making a simple "clip on" laser beam guidance kit for the RPG-7 and a $150 mass produced beam guided rocket... the clip could even be removed, with a "buddy" guiding the rocket from a safe position and the firing guy just popping up for a second and letting rip in the general direction of the target (kind of like how they operate now, but with a rather unspectacular "hit" rate)

    They could even have simple multi-channel coding for the rockets and guidance kits. i.e channels 1-16. set the channel in the guidance kit to channel "5"... and have 3 RPG boys set their rockets to channel 5... Aim at tank... tell the boys to pop up and shoot off their rockets in 1 second intervals...

    kind of like along the lines of all the various DAGR/CIRIT/S8 laser guided rocket mods.

    I reckon that would kill off most of the market for the short-range ATGMs for the "medium/poor" end of the market at least.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:52 am

    Interesting idea, but a few serious problems.

    First of all you might have noticed that the later model RPG-7 warheads have gotten quite bit with 105mm warheads and even dual charge warheads for ERA protected armour. The rocket tube for the RPG-7 is a 40mm calibre tube so the rocket body is 40mm and the nose mounted precursor charge to set off the ERA on the target early is about 60mm with a 105mm charge behind it.

    This obviously upsets the balance of the rocket and makes it very front heavy, which leads to a steep ballistic curve and effective range of about 200m, which is pretty short.

    On the positive side that means it is quite accurate as there is less time for it to go off course.

    Adding control surfaces and seekers will only make the nose heavier and decrease effective range, though of course with a decent guidance system you could loft the rockets at 20-30 degrees up at launch and then let them find their own targets as they come down... almost like guided mortar rounds.

    The problem is that if you make the RPG more expensive and more complicated it becomes less useful as a cheap simple use on anything in your way system and starts to become a "cheap ATGM".

    The thing is that they already have a cheap ATGM in the form of the Metis-M1 with 2km range, 950mm armour penetration, and "pack" loads that allow a three man team to carry the launcher plus 5 ready to fire missiles and a thermal sight.

    I think the best way forward is a unified gripstock launcher that can take rocket tubes for RPG-27, RPG-28 disposable rocket launchers (105mm and 125mm calibre respectively) as well as standard new RPO-M engineer rockets for smoke, Thermobaric, and incendiary use, and also engineer rockets like the RShG-1 & 2.

    Fitting a simple ballistics computer, a laser rangefinder and perhaps a thermal channel to allow night and all weather attacks you could create a very effective new system. The thermal viewer doesn't need to be uber expensive as it only needs an effective range of 1.5-2km, which is even less range than the thermal viewer used with Javelin, though this one is not destroyed when it is used so you get rather more use out of it.

    Regarding the rockets themselves a simple ram air gyro stabiliser could be fitted to keep it flying straight and level and counter effects like crosswinds.

    By using disposable tubes the rockets can have rather more powerful motors than are possible with RPG-7 rockets... the 125mm tube of the RPG-28 allows a 125mm calibre rocket, which obviously can be rather more powerful than the 40mm calibre rocket used on the RPG-7.

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