MANUFACTURER(S): State Factories - Soviet Union
OPERATORS: Cambodia; China; Czech Republic; Czechoslovakia; Egypt; Laos; Libya; Macedonia; Myanmar; North Korea; Poland; Soviet Union; Thailand; Vietnam; Yugoslavia
LENGTH (OVERALL): 1,492 millimeters (58.74 inches)
LENGTH (BARREL): 1,492 millimeters (58.74 inches)
WEIGHT (UNLOADED): 6.24 pounds (2.83 kilograms)
SIGHTS: Flip-up Sight Rear; Forward
RATE-OF-FIRE: 3 rounds-per-minute
RANGE (EFFECTIVE): 656 feet (200 meters; 219 yards)
Detailing the development and operational history of the RPG-2 Reusable, Man-Portable Rocket Propelled Grenade.
Entry last updated on 8/7/2017.
Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The RPG-2 is a rocket-propelled grenade launching system. It can trace its history back to the end days of World War 2 where captured German-designed systems were now being used against their owners. Essentially, the RPG-2 is developed from captured German Panzerfaust grenade launchers.
The weapon fires a fin-stabilized HEAT rocket round. The firer is protected by the launcher's wood-encased body running down the mid-section of the shaft. Basic sights fore and aft assist the firer in aiming. By today's standards, the RPG-2 is a crude yet effective weapon that has seen action all over the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Knock-off models include the Chinese Type 56, the Czech-designed Type P-27 Pancerovoka and the Yugoslavian-designed M57.
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