The RPG-7 is a widely popular grenade launcher model based on the platform of the RPG-2 antitank grenade launcher. The RPG-7 is a reloadable, shoulder fired, single-shot, smoothbore, no-recoil launcher. The varieties of grenades fired from the RPG-7 are loaded in the front of the 40mm milled steel tube, protruding from the end. Notable grenades fired from the RPG-7:
– The standard PG-7VL HEAT warhead used for most vehicles and fortified targets
– The PG-7VR tandem dual-HEAT warhead for defeating modern heavily-armored vehicles
– The TBG-7V (thermobaric) warhead and the OG-7V (fragmentation) anti-personnel rounds
After the grenade is launched from the weapon (10-12 meters) via a gunpowder charge, the rocket motor will ignite and sustain fin-stabilized flight for another ~500 meters reaching velocities up to 295 meters per second. The RPG-7 model has made such an impact on battlefields and city streets across the world that some considered it to be the most successful grenade launcher ever produced.
or 70 105mm warhead (depending on the grenade model)
Initial date of manufacture:
1961 to present