SPG-82

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SPG-82
Type Antitank rocket launcher
Place of origin  Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1944 to mid-1950s
Used by Soviet Union, Syria, Afghanistan and various Warsaw Pact countries.
Production history
Designer NII-6
Designed 1944
Produced 1944 to 1950
Specifications
Weight 37.8 kg
Length 2.15 m
Crew 2 or 3

Caliber 82 mm
Action Single shot
Recoil Recoilless
Carriage Two wheels
Rate of fire 5 to 6 rounds per minute
Effective firing range 200 m direct
Maximum firing range 700 m

The SPG-82 (transliterated Russian: Stankovyi Protivotankovyi Granatomet - heavy antitank grenade launcher) was a Soviet wheeled antitank rocket launcher that entered service after the end of the Second World War. It was replaced in Soviet service by the B-10 recoilless rifle from 1954 but remained in service with some armies, notably in the Middle East until the 1970s.[1]

Description[edit]

The weapon consists of a long barrel tube with a flared muzzle, supported by a simple carriage with two small solid wheels. A curved shoulder pad is attached to left side of the barrel, and a large shield is fitted to protect the crew from the back-blast produced by the rocket projectiles. The shield is not thick enough to provide protection from enemy fire. The weapon is normally fired from the carriage, but it can be dismounted and shoulder fired by two men working together to support the weapon.

The weapon fires two types of projectiles, a general purpose explosive/fragmentation round, the OG-82, and an armour piercing anti-tank round, the PG-82. It has two sets of iron sights corresponding to the two different rounds fired by the weapon. The HE sight is graduated out to 700 meters while the weapon's effective range for the HEAT round is around 200 meters.

Ammunition[edit]

Round
name
Warhead
name
Type Weight Warhead
weight
Length Armour
penetration
PG-82 GK-662 HEAT 4.4 kg 0.69 kg 694 mm 230 mm to 175 mm [2][3]
OG-82 GO-662 HE-FRAG 4.7 kg 0.41 kg 626 mm N/A [4]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brassey's Infantry Weapons of the World states that it is still in service with the Syrian and Afghan armies in 1975
  2. ^ militaertechnik-der-nva.de notes penetration as 175 mm. Given the era in which this weapon was developed, the lower figure is likely more accurate.
  3. ^ PG-82 data at ORDATA
  4. ^ OG-82 data at ORDATA

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