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The AGS-30 Atlant[8] is a Russian-designed automatic grenade launcher currently in production in the Russian Federation and in service with the Russian armed forces.

AGS-30
AGS-30 maks2009.jpg
AGS-30 at MAKS 2009
TypeAutomatic grenade launcher
Place of originRussia
Service history
In service1995–present
Used bySee Users
WarsSecond Chechen War
2008 South Ossetia war
Syrian Civil War[1][2][3]
War in Donbass[4][5][6]
Yemeni Civil War (2015–present)
Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen
Production history
DesignerKBP Instrument Design Bureau
Designed1990
ManufacturerZID[7]
No. builtMain service grenade launcher in the Russian Armed Forces. Completely replaced complex AGS-17
VariantsAG-30M vehicle-mounted version
Specifications
Mass16 kg unloaded
Length1,165 mm

Cartridge30 × 29 grenade
Caliber30 mm
ActionBlowback
Rate of fire400 round/min
Muzzle velocity185 m/s
Effective firing range2,100 m
Feed system29 grenades belt
SightsAdjustable telescopic sight, day-night sight, mechanical sight, portable radar

DescriptionEdit

Designed on the basis of AGS-17, the AGS-30 provides better mobility, longer range and better accuracy during firing. Significantly lighter than its previous version but far more advanced and powerful, the AGS-30 weighs 30 kg loaded, meaning it can be carried by one person. Using a specially designed GPD-30 grenade, recently[when?] put into serial production,[9] the AGS-30 can engage targets at 2100m.[10] Recoil is lessened with a much smoother grenade ejection mechanism. An adjustable SAG-30 tripod mount (GRAU index 6P17) is also included.

DevelopmentEdit

After the dissolution of the USSR, Russia found itself in a difficult position in the First Chechen war. After the success of the AGS-17 in Afghanistan, the KBP Instrument Design Bureau immediately began work on the new grenade launcher. The Russian army needed a weapon that could easily flush militants out of their fortified building hideouts, levelling them in seconds. The new design proved to be reliable and lethal. Another improvement to the weapon is its ability to stay undetectable by the enemy—reduced sound when firing, reduced flash and the lightning speed of the grenade make the AGS-30 very hard to detect. It can be operated from almost everywhere—from attaching it to a window, to mud and grassy surfaces. Officially adopted in 2002.[11] Adopted by the Russian Interior Ministry Troops.[12]

AmmunitionEdit

The AGS-30 is fed from special belt drums that hold 29 linked rounds.[13][14][15] Loaded belt drum weights about 14 kg. Spade grips are installed on a gun cradle integral to the tripod, instead of to the gun body; the trigger is located on the right spade grip, making firing more controlled and comfortable. The AGS-30 can only fire in full automatic modes. Standard sighting equipment is a 2.7X magnification PAG-17 optical sight.

AGS-30 uses standard VOG-17M, enhanced fragmentation VOG-30, VOG-30D[16] and extended range GPD-30 grenades.[17][18][19]

  • VOG-17M (HE)
  • IO-30 (HE)
  • IO-30TP (Practice)
  • VOG-30 (HE)
  • VOG-30D (HE)
  • VUS-30 (Smoke)
  • GPD-30 (HE)

VariantsEdit

  • AG-30M – Vehicle mounted version with electric trigger mechanism.

UsersEdit

See alsoEdit

 
The AGS-30 and 6P41 "Pecheneg" general purpose machine gun mounted on a GAZ-2975 "Tigr"

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

External video
  Video about AGS-30