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Close-up view of an RPG-26 disposable anti-tank rocket launcher on display

The RPG-26 featured a disposable launch tube and could be called upon to engage various hardened targets.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 3/3/2020 | 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.


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- Anti-Tank / Anti-Material / Breaching
Overall Length:
770 mm (30.31 in)
Barrel Length:
770 mm (30.31 in)
Weight (Unloaded):
6.39 lb (2.90 kg)
Iron; Optional Optics
Shoulder-Launched; Single-Use Disposable
1 rounds-per-minute
Effective Range:
820 ft (250 m; 273 yd)
RPG-26 - Base Series Designation.
RShG-2 - Variant featuring projectile fitting a thermobaric warhead; reduced firing range due to added weight.

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