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Anti-Tank Grenades (RPG)
Soviet/Russian Rocket Propelled Grenade Weapons (RPG)
In the excellent Wikipedia article on the RPG, the origin of the name RPG is described:
The first Soviet RPG was the RPG-2, a copy of the World War II German anti-tank Panzerfaust. The much improved RPG-7, a 40mm tube with 85mm warhead weapon, was adopted by the Soviet Armed Forces in 1961 and has become one of the world's most significant ground warfare weapons. The RPG-7 is relatively cheap and effective against most targets (excepting only heavily armored tanks). The RPG-7 achieved world-wide distribution to Soviet client states and through them to various non-state organizations. The RPG-7 is still part of the TO&E of dozens of different countries' armies in the 21st Century. Several of the countries using the RPG-7, besides Russia, are licensed to build their own including Bulgaria, China, Iran, Iraq, Romania and Pakistan.
RPG weapons fire munitions that include HE (high-explosive for general use), HEAT (high-explosive, anti-tank shaped charges), illumination, smoke, tear gas, and others. The munition warhead is attached to a small rocket motor and body with stabilizing fins.
The success of the RPG-7 spawned a series of evolutionary weapons including the RPG-16D (folding, late-70s), the RPG-18 disposable ( mid-1970s,), RPG-22 disposable (mid-1980s), RPG-26 & the 105mm RPG-27 (late 1980s). The 105mm RPG-29, adopted by the Soviet Russians in 1989, is emerging in the Middle East in the mid-2000's as a weapon of choice for groups fighting allies of the United States in conflicts wtih Israel, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
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