The Soviet RPG-22 Netto
is a one-shot disposable anti-tank rocket launcher
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first deployed in 1985, based on the RPG-18
The RPG-18 Mukha is a Russian short-range, disposable light anti-tank rocket launcher.-History:The RPG-18 is very similar to the US M72-series LAW anti-tank rocket and was developed after the Soviet military obtained M72s from its allies in Vietnam...
rocket launcher, but firing a larger 72.5 mm fin stabilised projectile. The weapon can be prepared to fire in around 10 seconds, and can penetrate 400 mm of armour, 1.2 meters of brick or 1 meter of reinforced concrete.
The smoothbore container is made from two parts, a main tube containing the missile, and a telescoping forward extension, which slides over the barrel, both are made from fiberglass
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In transport mode both ends of the barrel are closed by plastic covers, which open when the weapon is extend. The firing mechanism is manually cocked by rising the rear sight. Lowering the rear sight de-cocks the weapon if the there is no target.
On firing there is a backblast
The backblast area is a cone-shaped area behind a rocket launcher, rocket-assisted takeoff unit or recoilless rifle, where hot gases are expelled when the rocket or rifle is discharged. The backblast area is dangerous to ground personnel, who may be burned by the gases or exposed to overpressure...
danger area behind the weapon, of at least 15 meters, the solid propellant motor completely burns out while rocket is still in the barrel tube, accelerating it to about 133 meters per second. The weapon has simple pop-up sights graduated to ranges of 50, 150 and 250m
To keep training cost down a reusable RPG-22 is available that fires a 30 mm subcalibre projectile, weighing 350g, to operational ranges. Handling is identical to that of the full caliber version, with the exception of the discharge noise and backblast.
On the evening of 20 September 2000, the MI6 Building
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the headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service
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, was attacked by unapprehended forces using a RPG-22 anti-tank missile, causing superficial damage.
A weapons cache destined for the Real IRA that was seized in Croatia
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in August 2000 contained a number of RPG-22s. Prices range from £150 to £220 per weapon. The one used against the MI6 building was Russian-made, while one found at Dungannon
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came from Bulgaria.
Reference in Print
- Jones, Richard. Jane's Infantry Weapons 2005–06. Coulsdon: Jane's, 2005. ISBN 0710626940.