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RPG-27 Tavolga



Overview


RPG-27

RPG-27 disposable rocket launcher in firing position.
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Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Rocket launcher (disposable)
Entered service
1989
Status
In service
Development
Late 1980's
Developer
Soviet Union - Bazalt
Production
1989 - present
Producer
Soviet Union - Bazalt
Russia - Bazalt
Designations
Tavolga (nickname)
Russian for "meadow grass"
7P30 (GRAU index)
TKB-0174 (project name)
Notable users
Russia

Description


Introduction

The RPG-27 Tavolga is a disposable rocket launcher of Soviet origin. It was developed in the late 1980's by the Bazalt design bureau to keep up with the improved armor found on new Western tanks. The RPG-27 basically is an enlarged RPG-26 that is fitted with a tandem and much larger warhead. The nickname Tavolga is Russian for "meadow grass".

Design

The RPG-27 is a single shot anti-tank weapon and once used the launch tube is discarded. The launcher consists of a non-extendable fiberglass launch tube that is fitted with controls and mechanical sights. The launch tube houses a fin-stabilized warhead with tandem HEAT warhead. The smaller forward warhead is fitted to deny the effect of ERA.

Firepower

The RPG-27 fires a tandem HEAT warhead capable of penetrating 600 mm of homogeneous steel armor behind ERA. Although the sights are gradated to 600 meters, the maximum effective range is about 200 meters.

Users

The RPG-27 is in active use with the Russian forces. All three versions are available for export and the RPG-27 is probably in use with some Eastern European nations.

Details


Facts RPG-27
General
Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Rocket launcher
Crew
1
Lifespan
Disposable launcher
Dimensions
Weight
8.3 kg in total
5 kg rocket with warhead
Length
1.155 m
Warhead
Type
PG-27
Diameter
105 mm
Warhead type
Tandem HEAT warhead
Penetration
600 to 750 mm RHA behind ERA
1.5 m concrete
3.7 m logs and earth
Velocity
130 m/s at muzzle
Range
600 m maximum
200 m practical
140 m against moving target
Accessories
Sights
Mechanical, flip-up sights, up to 600 m

Media


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