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RPG-26

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Rocket launcher

  • ORIGIN
    USSR

  • NICKNAMES
    Aglen - Russian nickname

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1980's

  • DESIGNER
    Bazalt

  • PRODUCTION
    1985 - present (RPG-26)
    2000 - present (RShG-2)

  • PRODUCERS
    Russia - Bazalt
    USSR - Bazalt

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Single piece launch tube
    Area effect warheads available
    Mediocre penetration

Introduction

The RPG-26 Aglen is a disposable rocket launcher of Soviet origin. It is a simplified and improved version of the earlier RPG-22. It also serves as the bases for several special purpose warheads.

Design

The RPG-26 is a product improved version of the RPG-22. The similar sized rocket features a slightly heavier and more powerful HEAT warhead and more powerful rocket engine. The limited extension of the RPG-22 launch tube was found of little use. Therefore the RPG-26 has a rigid non-telescoping launch tube.

Firepower

The RPG-26 fires the PG-26 HEAT rocket. The shaped charge warhead will pierce 440 mm of homogenous steel armor. It can penetrate 1.5 m of bricks or 1 m concrete. The maximum effective range is about 250 meters.

Users

The RPG-26 and its variants are actively used by Russian forces. It has been exported to several nations and is actively marketed for export. The more specialized variants are in Russian service and available for export as well.

Variants

RPG-26

The RPG-26 is a light weight anti-tank rocket launcher. The RPG-26 is preloaded and disposed when used. It is produced in only one variant that fires the PG-26 HEAT rocket, specialized versions for other types of targets are available as well.

TypeRocket launcher
Crew1
Caliber72 mm
Length770 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight2.9 kg total
SightsMechanical, flip up sight
AmmunitionPG-26 HEAT rocket
GuidanceNone, free flight
Velocity144 m/s at muzzle
Range
Penetration440 mm RHA, 2.4 m log and earth, 1 m concrete
RemarksDisposable launcher

RShG-2

The RShG-2 is similar to the RPG-26, but instead of a HEAT warhead a thermobaric warhead is installed. This makes the RShG-2 much more effective against infantry in the open and unarmored vehicles.

TypeRocket launcher
Crew1
Caliber72 mm
Length770 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3.5 kg total
SightsMechanical, flip up sight
AmmunitionThermobaric warhead
GuidanceNone, free flight
Velocity?
Range
Penetration?
RemarksDisposable launcher

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