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RPG-26

Anti-Tank Disposable Rocket Launcher

RPG-26

Anti-Tank Disposable Rocket Launcher

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The RPG-26 featured a disposable launch tube and could be called upon to engage various hardened targets.
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ORIGIN: Soviet Union
YEAR: 1970
MANUFACTURER(S): State Factories - Soviet Union
OPERATORS: Soviet Union
SPECIFICATIONS



Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible. Calibers listed may be model/chambering dependent.
ACTION: Shoulder-Launched; Single-Use Disposable
CALIBER(S): 72.5mm
LENGTH (OVERALL): 770 millimeters (30.31 inches)
LENGTH (BARREL): 770 millimeters (30.31 inches)
WEIGHT (UNLOADED): 6.39 pounds (2.90 kilograms)
SIGHTS: Iron; Optional Optics
RATE-OF-FIRE: 1 rounds-per-minute
RANGE (EFFECTIVE): 820 feet (250 meters; 273 yards)
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• RPG-26 - Base Series Designation
• RShG-2 - Variant featuring projectile fitting a thermobaric warhead; reduced firing range due to added weight.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the RPG-26 Anti-Tank Disposable Rocket Launcher.  Entry last updated on 7/11/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The RPG-26 (Rocket Propelled Grenade 26) was developed as a single-shot, disposable anti-tank battlefield solution for the Red Army during the Cold War. The weapon consisted of a non-descript cylindrical launch tube housing the 72.5mm anti-armor rocket within. The rocket was designed with spring-actuated stabilizing fins that emerged once the rocket cleared the launch tube upon firing. Penetration was made possible by the shaped-charge warhead to which some 440mm of armor thickness could be penetrated at effective ranges within 250 meters. In addition to its anti-armor function, the weapon could also be used to engage fortified structures as required. Overall length of the launch system was 770mm while overall weight was 2.9 kilograms.

The RShG-2 was a variant of the base RPG-26 system and utilized the same form and function as the original design. However, the rocket fitted a thermobaric warhead and the complete system weighed in at 3.5 kilograms. This solution also fielded a much more limited range, its effectiveness being limited to targets within 115 meters.

In all, the RPG-26 family of anti-tank solutions was comparable to the American M72 LAW, another disposable anti-tank weapon system utilizing a spring-loaded fin-stabilized 66mm rocket fielded in large numbers by the West during the Cold War.




MEDIA