The RPG-26 Aglen is a disposable anti-tank rocket launcher developed by the Soviet Union. It fires a single-stage rocket with jack-knife fins, which unfold after launch. The rocket carries a 72.5 millimeter diameter high explosive anti-tank single shaped charge warhead capable of penetrating 440 millimeters of armour, one meter of reinforced concrete or one and a half meters of brickwork. It has a maximum effective range of around 250 meters. The similar sized rocket features a slightly heavier and more powerful HEAT warhead and more powerful rocket engine. The limited extension of the RPG-22 launch tube was found of little use. Therefore the RPG-26 has a rigid non-telescoping launch tube.

RPG-26
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An RPG-26 in a museum
TypeDisposable Anti-tank rocket launcher
Place of originSoviet Union
Service history
In service1985–present
Used byRussian Ground Forces
WarsSyrian Civil War
War in Donbass
Production history
DesignerState Research and Production Enterprise, Bazalt
Designed1980s
ManufacturerState Research and Production Enterprise, Bazalt
Produced1985 - present
VariantsRShG-2
Specifications
Mass1.8 kilograms (4.0 lb) (projectile)
2.9 kilograms (6.4 lb) (loaded)
Length77 centimetres (30 in)

Caliber72.5 mm
Action440 mm: RHA at 60° impact angle[citation needed]
1000 mm: Reinforced concrete
1500 mm: Brickwork
2400 mm: Log and earth
Muzzle velocity144 m/s
Effective firing range250 m
SightsIron sights

VariantsEdit

RShG-2

The RShG-2 (Russian: Реактивная Штурмовая Граната, Reaktivnaya Shturmovaya Granata, Rocket-propelled Assault Grenade ) Aglen-2 (Аглень-2) is a RPG-26 variant with thermobaric warhead. RShG-2 is heavier than the RPG-26 at 3.5 kilograms, and has a reduced direct fire range of 115 meters. It is intended to be used against infantry and structures rather than armored vehicles.

The warhead contains 1.16 kilograms of thermobaric mixture, with an explosive yield roughly equal to that of 3 kilograms of TNT. The solid rocket booster of the warhead in question was taken from the RPG-26 and the fuse taken from the TBG-7 warhead used by the RPG-7. The warhead has a stated penetration capability of 300 millimeters of concrete and 500 millimeters of brickwork.

 
RPG-26 (second from the bottom) with comparable Soviet/Russian rocket launchers

OperatorsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

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