MANUFACTURER(S): State Factories - Russia / Ukraine
OPERATORS: Russia; Ukraine
ACTION: Impact / Time Delay Fuze; Single-Use
CALIBER(S)*: Not Applicable.
Detailing the development and operational history of the RGN (Ruchnaya Granata Nastupatelnaya) Fragmentation Hand Grenade.
Entry last updated on 7/11/2017.
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The RGN ("Ruchnaya Granata Nastupatel'naya") is a basic, standardized fragmentation hand grenade of Soviet origin. Its battlefield role is as of a highly-portable, offensive-minded thrown weapon used to dislodge stubborn enemy forces. To accomplish its task, the grenade features an RDX/wax filling with impact fuze timer capable of detonation between one-to-four seconds depending on action (impact and non-impact detonation schemes are built in). Its design is typical of hand grenades of the period in that a safety pin must be pulled to actuated the weapon. The lower section of the grenade is the actual payload body which fragments as two sections - dealing lethal metal fragments along a 25 meter radius.
The RGN series was introduced around 1990 which preceded the fall of the Soviet Union seen in 1991. As such, stocks fell to the succeeding Russian nation. Ukraine is another noted operator of the grenade.