RPG-18 rocket launcher with PG-18 rocket
|Place of origin||USSR|
|Weight||1.4 kg (unarmed)
2.6 kg (ready to fire)
|Length||705 mm (unarmed)
1,050 mm (ready to fire)
|Shell||HEAT with a penetration of 375 mm of RHA|
|Action||By using VP-18 impact fuze:
1,000 mm: Brick
500 mm: Concrete with VP-18 impact fuze.
|Muzzle velocity||115 m/s|
|Effective range||200 m|
The RPG-18 is very similar to the US M72-series LAW anti-tank rocket and was developed after the Soviet military obtained M72s from its allies in Vietnam. The RPG-18 has been succeeded by the RPG-22, a very similar design with a larger warhead.
The RPG-18 fires a 64 mm PG-18 HEAT warhead mounted on a small rocket capable of engaging any target within 200 meters. The warhead self-destructs 6 seconds after launch, placing definite limits on range even if a sight was used that was effective with targets beyond 200 meters. The RPG-18 itself can penetrate up to 375 mm of conventional armor. However, performance is significantly diminished when the RPG-18 is employed against targets protected by HEAT-resistant ERA or composite armor.
- Jones, Richard. Jane's Infantry Weapons 2005–06. Coulsdon: Jane's, 2005. ISBN 0-7106-2694-0.
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