Military Factory logo
Icon of F-15 Eagle military combat fighter aircraft
Icon of AK-47 assault rifle
Icon of Abrams Main Battle Tank
Icon of navy warships
Icon of a dollar sign
Icon of military officer saluting


Anti-Tank Disposable Rocket Launcher


Anti-Tank Disposable Rocket Launcher


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

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)

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


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 ©
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.


Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies  |  Site Map Site content ©2003-, All Rights Reserved.

The "Military Factory" name and logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world.

Facebook Logo YouTube Logo