Infantry weapons / Rocket launchers / RPG-22

RPG-22

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Rocket launcher

  • ORIGIN
    USSR

  • NICKNAMES
    Neto (Russian nickname)

  • DESIGNED
    Late 1970's

  • DESIGNER
    ?

  • PRODUCTION
    1980 - 1993

  • PRODUCERS
    Bulgaria - VMZ
    Russia
    USSR

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good penetration
    Launch tube can be retracted
    More complex than later RPG-26

Introduction

The RPG-22 Neto is a disposable rocket launcher of Soviet origin. It was developed as a more potent replacement for the RPG-18. In turn the RPG-22 was replaced by the product improved RPG-26.

Design

The RPG-22 Neto has the same design as the earlier RPG-18. The fin-stabilized rocket has a larger diameter warhead. The two part launch tube is fully made out of fibreglass and is slightly extended before firing. A flip up ladder sight is used for aiming. Since it is a disposable rocket launcher it is operated by a single person.

Firepower

The RPG-22 fires the PG-22 HEAT rocket. The shaped charge warhead will pierce 400 mm of homogenous steel armor. It can penetrate 1.5 m of bricks or 1 m concrete. The maximum effective range is about 200 meters.

Users

The RPG-22 was widely used among Soviet forces during the late Cold War era. It remains in use former Soviet states, although in Russia it is stockpiled for reserve forces. The RPG-22 was also exported, but not nearly as much as the RPG-7.

Variants


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RPG-22

RPG-22

The RPG-22 is a light weight disposable anti-tank rocket launcher. It was produced in only one variant that fires the PG-22 HEAT rocket. The RPG-22 can be identified as being longer and having a larger diameter than the RPG-18. Also the rear sight is in the middle instead of at the end. The later and similar sized RPG-26 has a rigid non-extendable launch tube.

Use

 
Bulgaria
Colombia
Croatia
Moldova
Peru
Russia
Serbia

Slovenia
Ukraine
USSR (former)