RPG-22 disposable rocket launcher with launch tube in extended position and sights raised.
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The RPG-22 Neto is a late Cold War era 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 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 fiberglass 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-18 is the predecessor of the RPG-22. Both rocket launcher have a similar design, with the RPG-22 being the upscaled version.
The RPG-26 is a simpler to use and slightly more effective successor of the RPG-22.
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