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RPG-26


Anti-Tank Disposable Rocket Launcher (1970)


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

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



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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1970

Origin
Soviet Union national flag graphic
Soviet Union

Classification


Anti-Tank Disposable Rocket Launcher


State Factories - Soviet Union
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Anti-Armor / Anti-Tank / Anti-Material
Designed to engage and defeat armor / enemy tanks at range.


Overall Length
770 mm
30.31 in
Barrel Length
770 mm
30.31 in
Empty Wgt
6.39 lb
2.90 kg
Sights


Iron; Optional Optics


Action


Shoulder-Launched; Single-Use Disposable

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Caliber(s)*


72.5mm

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a shoulder-fired rocket projectile
Rounds / Feed


Single-Shot; Disposable
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
820 ft
(250 m | 273 yd)
Rate-of-Fire
1
rds/min


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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