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RPG2
RPG-2
Country of origin

Soviet Union

Manufacturer(s)

Bazalt

Designer(s)

GSKB-30 design bureau

Year(s) designed

1947

Production began

1949

Production ended

1970s

Weapon type

Rocket launcher

Caliber

82mm warhead, 40mm breech

Action

Hammer-fired, breech loaded

Overall length

47.2 inches (120 centimeters)

Weight

10.3 pounds (4.67 kilograms)

Weight empty

6.24 pounds (2.89 kilograms)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

Single shot

Maximum effective range

100 - 150 meters (328.1 - 492.1 feet)


The RPG-2 is a Russian rocket launcher. It is considered the first successful weapon of its type.

HistoryEdit

The RPG-2 was started as a parallel project to the RPG-1, and was started in 1947 while the RPG-1 was still being developed. The RPG-2 was tested alongside the RPG-1, while the RPG-2 clearly turning out to be the superior weapon, causing all work on the RPG-1 to halt indefinitely. The design of the RPG-2 was later refined to become the RPG-7.

Design DetailsEdit

The RPG-28 looks similar to later RPGs such as the RPG-4 and 7, but does not have the "bulge" in the launch tube seen on most RPGs, and only has one pistol grip.

AmmunitionEdit

The RPG-28 uses the PG-2 round, a 82mm shaped warhead. The round has a stated penetration capability in excess of 180 millimeters (7.09 inches) of all but the frontal armor of the heaviest tanks.

VariantsEdit

B-40 and B-50

Locally produced Vietnamese copies of the RPG-2.

ReferencesEdit

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