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Rocket-Propelled Grenade / Disposable, Lightweight Anti-Tank Weapon

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The RPG-75 was influenced by both American and Soviet designs of the period, resulting in an effective lightweight anti-armor solution.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 5/22/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
In 1975, the former nation of Czechoslovakia adopted a new shoulder-fire, man-portable anti-tank weapon in the RPG-75 rocket-propelled grenade. The weapon was akin to the American M72 LAW (Light Anti-tank Weapon) and was specifically designed as a single-shot disposable system, discarded after use. The RPG-75 was influenced by the Soviet RPG-18 series which appeared in 1972 and was taken on by many Soviet clients from Armenia and Azerbaijan to Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The RPG-75 had a caliber of 68mm and an overall length of 890mm. As in the RPG-18 and LAW systems, the RPG-75 was extended when made ready-to-fire so its compact, folded down length measured a handy 633mm. Muzzle velocity was rated at 620 feet-per-second with a maximum engagement range out to 985 feet. Sighting was through a leaf-type iron fitting. Overall weight was 7lb. The fin-stabilized projectile fired had a penetration capability up to 300mm of Rolled Homogenous Armor (RHA).

A few notable marks of the RPG-75 ultimately appeared. The based model was known simply as the RPG-75 while the RPG-75-TB of 2009, an improved form, introduced a thermobaric warhead. The RPG-Nh-75 and RPG-Cv-75 were used in training and the RPG-Sk-75 was another special-purpose model.

The RPG-75 saw a modest library of operators appear for its time as a frontline weapon solution. This included Algeria, Georgia, Poland, Sierra Leone, Slovenia and various factions in Syria. The available Czechoslovakian stock fell to the newly-established Czech Republic after the fall of the Soviet Empire.


State Factories - Czechoslovakia
National flag of Algeria National flag of Czech Republic National flag of Czechoslovakia National flag of Georgia National flag of Mexico National flag of Poland National flag of Sierra Leone National flag of Slovenia National flag of Syria Algeria; Czechoslovakia; Czech Republic; Georgia; Mexico; Poland; Sierra Leone; Slovenia; Syria (National Coalition)
- Anti-Tank / Anti-Material / Breaching
- Area Effect
Overall Length:
890 mm (35.04 in)
Barrel Length:
633 mm (24.92 in)
Weight (Unloaded):
7.05 lb (3.20 kg)
Iron Ladder Sight
Trigger Actuated; Disposable Launch Tube
Muzzle Velocity:
620 feet-per-second (189 meters-per-second)
1 rounds-per-minute
Effective Range:
985 ft (300 m; 328 yd)
RPG-75 - Base Series Designation
RPG-75-TB - Model of 2009; thermobaric warhead introduced.
RPG-Nh-75 - Training ball variant; inert projectile used.
RPG-Cv-75 - Fire training model; reusable model with 7.62mm barrel assembly for practice.
RPG-Sk-75 - Fire preparation model; sans charge and explosive.

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