Udar, blow (Russian nickname)
Grom, thunder (Russian nickname)
6G9 (GRAU designation for launcher)
7P7 (GRAU designation for warhead)
1970 - 1990's
USSR - KBP Tula
- UNIT COST
Good accuracy and range
Shorter than RPG-7 with warhead
Reasonable armor penetration
Single type of ammunition
The RPG-16 is a late Cold War era rocket launcher of Soviet origin. It was developed in the late 1960's as a longer range alternative to the RPG-7 for airborne forces. Whereas the RPG-7 was produced in huge quantities and widely exported the RPG-16 played only a minor role.
The reusable launcher of the RPG-16 is an enlarged version of the RPG-7. For transportation the launcher can be broken down in two halves in a similar way as the RPG-7D. Unlike the RPG-7 the rocket fits entirely within the launch tube. The larger diameter launche tube allows for a larger rocket motor, but limits the size of the enclosed warhead. Iron sights are fitted but the optical sight is the primary means of aiming.
A single operator may use the RPG-16. The only rocket available is the PG-16 HEAT round. This has a 300mm RHA penetration. The warhead is effective against armored vehicles and infantry positions. Modern tanks cannot be engaged over the frontal arc. Stationary targets can be engaged out to 800 meters. Usually a two man team carries a single launcher and five rockets.
The RPG-16 was primarily used by Soviet airborne forces. It was actively used in the Afghanistan campaign. Unlike other Soviet infantry weapons the RPG-16 was hardly exported. Low rate production was maintained until the 1990's.
RPG-16: This weapon was produced only in a single variant with only a single type of ammunition available. Overall the RPG-16 looks rather similar to the RPG-7. Distinguishing features of the RPG-16 are the larger diameter launch tube, having a large metal bipod near the muzzle, the pistol grip is located in front of the vertical grip and a wooden shoulder protector is fitted further towards the rear.