RPG-32

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RPG-32
Type Rocket-propelled grenade
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 2012–present
Used by See operators
Production history
Designer Bazalt
Designed between 2005 and 2012
Manufacturer JADARA under License.
Produced 2012–present
Specifications
Weight 3 kg unloaded
10 kg loaded with 105 mm rocket
6 kg loaded with 72 mm rocket
Length 1200 mm (complete with 105 mm launch container)
900 mm (complete with 72 mm launch container)

Shell PG-32V tandem HEAT
TBG-32V thermobaric
Caliber 105 mm barrel
72/105 mm warheads
Action 650 mm: Rolled homogeneous armor with 105 mm PG-32V tandem HEAT rocket
Muzzle velocity 140 m/s
Effective firing range 350 m
Maximum firing range 700 m
Sights collimating sight

The RPG-32 Barkas (Russian: РПГ-32) is a Russian hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher. It was designed and developed by state-owned FGUP "Bazalt" weapons manufacturing company. It is also assembled in Jordan from Russian-made kits from Bazalt under the name "Nashshab" (Arabic: ار بي جي نشاب).[1][2]

Description[edit]

In February 2015, Jordanian company Jadara Equipment & Defence Systems revealed they had incorporated the RPG-32 into a quad-launcher remote weapon station (RWS). The "Nashshab" (Archer) system comes in two versions: the Quad-1 is tripod-mounted meant to defend fixed positions, with tubes arranged in a 2×2 configuration and controlled either remotely or through a wire up to 300 m away; the Quad-2 is vehicle mounted for use against infantry, vehicles, and pillboxes in urban terrain, with tubes arranged in a 4×1 configuration and operated from a control unit inside the vehicle. The stations have day/night sights with rangefinding and automatic targets acquisition capabilities.[3][4][5][6]

Usage[edit]

It was developed between 2005 and 2012 by Russian state-owned FGUP 'Bazalt' organization on request and under contract from Jordan.

First RPG-32 'Nashshab' grenade launchers were to be delivered to Jordan from Russia in 2008, and it was planned that the RPG-32 and its ammunition would be mass-produced in Jordan under license at the JADARA factory.

On 30 May, 2013, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov and King Abdullah II opened a production facility for the Russian RPG-32 in Jordan.[7][8]

In March 2016, video was released of Ansar al-Sharia using the RPG-32[1] against Houthi forces during the Yemeni Civil War. It is unknown how the terrorist group could have acquired such a modern and advanced weapon system, but it is likely they were initially supplied to Yemeni loyalist forces by the user nations of Jordan or the UAE, part of the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen, then captured by militants. The RPG-32 has also been seen in use by Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq.[9]

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