RPG-30

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RPG-30
Type Rocket-propelled grenade
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 2012
Used by Russia
Production history
Designer State Research and Production Enterprise, Bazalt
Designed 2008
Manufacturer State Research and Production Enterprise, Bazalt
Produced 2013
Specifications
Weight 10.3 kg

Caliber 105 mm
Action 650 mm: Rolled homogeneous armor after active and dynamic protection
1,500 mm: Reinforced concrete
2,000 mm: Brick
Muzzle velocity 120 m/s
Effective firing range 200 m

The RPG-30 "Kryuk" ("Hook"; Russian: РПГ-30 «Крюк») is a Russian hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher.

History[edit]

The RPG-30 was unveiled in 2008 by the State Research and Production Enterprise, Bazalt as a modern anti-tank grenade launcher designed to address the challenge of reactive armor and active protection systems (APS) on tanks.[1] Active protection systems such as ARENA-E, Drozd and Trophy defeat anti-armor munitions by destroying them before they reach their target. The RPG-30 is an intended response to the introduction of these systems. The RPG-30 has cleared its testing program and is waiting to be included in the Russian state arms procurement program as of November 2008.[1] Taken into service in 2012–2013.[2]

Description[edit]

The RPG-30 shares a close resemblance with the RPG-27 in that it is a man-portable, disposable anti-tank rocket launcher with a single shot capacity. Unlike the RPG-27 however, there is a smaller diameter precursor round in a smaller side barrel tube, in addition to the main round in the main tube. This precursor round acts as a false target, tricking the target's active protection system (APS) into engaging it, allowing the main round a clear path into the target, while the APS is stuck in the 0.2–0.4 second delay it needs to start its next engagement.[1]

The PG-30 is the main round of the RPG-30. The round is a 105-mm tandem shaped charge with a weight of 10.3 kg (22.7 lb) and has a range of 200 meters and a stated penetration capability in excess of 600-mm (24-in) rolled homogeneous armor (RHA) (after ERA), 1,500-mm reinforced concrete, 2,000-mm brick and 3,700-mm of soil.[1] Reactive armor, including explosive reactive armor (ERA), can be defeated with multiple hits into the same place, such as by tandem-charge weapons, which fire two or more shaped charges in rapid succession.

Defenses[edit]

In 2012, Israel Defense reported that the Rafael weapons development authority has developed a defense system, the Trophy, against the RPG-30. The report noted that Trophy consists of a 360-degree radar that detects all threats and launches 17 projectiles, of which one will strike the incoming missile in addition to the precursor.[3]

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