Country of origin
Range of effective fire (against tanks)
1 000 mm
1 500 mm
was developed during the early 1980s. It was a successor to the
which was little more than a scaled-up version of the
(Soviet copy of a US
The RPG-26 was adopted in 1985. Sometimes this weapon is
nicknamed the "Aglen". The RPG-26 is
still widely used by the Russian military. It is also in service
with Armenia and Azerbaijan. Recently these rocket launchers emerged in
was a step forward from the RPG-18/22 and M72 LAW design. The
RPG-26 launcher is longer than its predecessor in travelling mode. However unlike the RPG-18/22 it can not be telescoped out to even
longer length. The RPG-26 is slightly heavier than its predecessor.
It uses rocket of the same 72.5 mm caliber as the RPG-22. The new
rocket has similar range, but around 10% increased penetration.
is a disposable weapon that can only be used once. The launcher is a simple, smoothbore, aluminum tube,
layered with fiberglass on the outside. It fires a pre-loaded PG-26
rocket, that is factory fitted and sealed. The rocket is powered by
a solid-propellant motor. When fired, four stabilizing fins pop out
of the rocket. Once the rocket is launched the empty tube is
discarded as it can not be reloaded.
role of the RPG-26 is to engage tanks, infantry fighting vehicles,
armored personnel carrier, self-propelled artillery systems, and
other armored vehicles. Its rocket has a High Explosive Anti-Tank
(HEAT) warhead and penetrates 440 mm of rolled homogenous armor. It
was a significant improvement over the RPG-22, that could penetrate
350-400 mm of rolled homogenous armor. Today such penetration is not enough to successfully
main battle tanks. However, this weapon is still useful against
other armored vehicles. Its rocket penetrates 1 000 mm of
reinforced concrete, 1 500 mm of brickwork, or 2 400 mm of earth. So
this rocket launchers can also engage bunkers, buildings, and
various field fortifications.
is equipped with only simple flip-up sights, both forward and rear.
Maximum sighting range is 250 meters. Accuracy of this weapon is
rather limited. There is no way to mount an optical or night sight.
If the rocket misses the target it self-destructs after flying for
several hundred meters, which happens a couple of seconds after
can be made ready to fire in less than 10 seconds. It is cocked
manually by raising the rear sight. Once cocked, this weapon can
reverted back to safety.
back-blast area of the RPG-26 is 30 meters. This is a serious
disadvantage of the weapon, as it endangers nearby personnel.
Furthermore such back-blast exposes the operator. Still though
despite its back-blast the RPG-26 can be used inside buildings,
however there should be no walls least 2 meters behind the operator.
has a number of advantages as it is a cheap, small, light and easy
to use weapon. With a little training or no training at all, one man
in every squad could carry one or two, giving each squad some
anti-tank, anti-vehicle, or anti-structure capability.
Simple instructions are printed on the side of the weapon.
an anti-structure rocket launcher. It is basically an
RPG-26 with a thermobaric warhead. This weapon is effective against
buildings, bunkers and various field fortifications. Also it can be
used against soft skin, or lightly armored vehicles. The RShG-2 is
slightly heavier than the RPG-26 and weights 3.5 kg. This weapon has
a direct fire range of only 115 m. The RShG-2 was adopted in around
2011 and is in service with the Russian armed forces.
Borodach is a Russian rocket launcher that fires a 72.5 mm
projectile with thermobaric warhead. This weapon appears to be based
on the RPG-26. This type of munitions releases a large cloud of
flammable gas and causes massive explosions. It is used to clear out
bunkers, buildings and various field fortifications. It is also very
effective against unarmored and lightly armored vehicles. There are
also smoke-laying and incendiary versions of this weapon. The MRO-A was something of a
lighter version of
Shmel thermobaric rocket launcher. This weapon is still in service
with the Russian Army.
is an anti-tank rocket launcher with a tandem HEAT warhead.
Externally it resembles a scaled-up RPG-26. It was designed during
the mid- and late 1980s and was adopted in 1989. This weapon was
intended to counter the latest NATO tanks of third generation, such
Abrams and British
Challenger. These new Western tanks emerged in the 1980s and had
composite armor, as well as capability to mount add-on explosive
reactive armor for even higher level of protection. The RPG-27 contains a powerful
105 mm rocket with a tandem warhead, and has significantly improved penetration. It
penetrates 600 mm of steel armor behind ERA or 750 mm
without ERA. Thogh weapon is much heavier and bulkier than the
PDM-1 is a
Georgian indigenous variant of the RPG-26.