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Rys
RPO Rys
Country of origin

Soviet Union

Manufacturer(s)

KBP Instrument Design Bureau

Year(s) designed

1975

Production began

1975

Production ended

Late 1980s

Weapon type

Thermobaric rocket launcher

Caliber

93mm

Action

Electrically-fired, breech loaded

Overall length

56.7 inches (144 centimeters) when ready to fire

Weight

48.5 pounds (22 kilograms)

Weight empty

27.8 (12.6 kilograms)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

Single shot

Maximum effective range

400 meters (1312.3 feet)


The RPO (Реактивный Пехотный Огнемёт, Reaktivnyy Pekhotnyy Ognemot, Rocket-propelled Infantry Flamethrower) Rys (Рысь, Lynx in English) is a reusable Soviet thermobaric rocket launcher.

HistoryEdit

The RPO entered service in 1975. It was completely replaced by the RPO-A Shmel by the end of the 1980s.

Design DetailsEdit

The RPO is built with parts from the RPG-16, which makes it look similar. The weapon is loaded from the rear, using capsules filled with the rocket, a solid rocket booster and napalm. It is fired using the same action as the RPG-16; pulling the trigger causes an electric current to ignite the solid rocket booster and causing the rocket to fly. The RPO has a bipod to increase stability, and the sights are offset to the left.

AmmunitionEdit

The RPO uses 2 types of rockets, the Rys-W incendiary rocket or the Rys-D smoke-producing rocket. The rocket has a solid rocket booster, which ignites and burns out while the rocket is still in the launch tube. After the rocket exits the launch tube, the rocket has 4 fins that fold out and stabilize the rocket in-flight.

TriviaEdit

  • Despite it being a rocket launcher, it is considered a flamethrower in Russia.

External linksEdit

Wikipedia article (in Russian)

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