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RPG-7 Rocket Propelled Grenade

RPG-7 with rocket

Viet Cong operating the RPG-7
The photo above depicts a rifle grenade launcher (bottom left) an RPG-7 and an RPG-2. This photograph and many others, plus works of art were discovered by 5RAR during a bunker system search in 1969.


 

 The RPG-7 (CHICOM Type-69) is a muzzle loaded, shoulder fired anti-tank grenade launcher. The VC and NVA used the RPG7V, a Soviet produced short-range, anti-Armour, rocket-propelled grenade, from 1967 against armoured vehicles, defensive positions, personnel and even helicopters. This smooth bore, recoilless weapon consists of a launcher tube fitted with a simple iron sight or a more sophisticated telescopic range-finding sight, and a HEAT rocket grenade projectile with a calibre of 40mm.

The RPG-7 has an effective range of 300 metres against moving targets and up to 500 metres against stationary targets. The projectile explodes either on impact or at its maximum range of 920 meters.

Calibre: 40 mm (1.57")
Weight: 7 kg (15 lb)
Length: 95 cm (37")

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