Neto (Russian nickname)
1980 - 1993
Bulgaria - VMZ
- UNIT COST
Launch tube can be retracted
More complex than later RPG-26
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Length||785 mm folded, 850 mm extended|
|Weight||2.8 kg total|
|Sights||Mechanical, pop up sights with 50, 150 and 250 m gradation|
|Ammunition||PG-22 HEAT rocket|
|Guidance||None, free flight|
|Velocity||133 m/s at muzzle, 300 m/s max|
|Penetration||400 mm RHA, 1.2 m brick, 1 m concrete|