Watch a Russian RPG Shell Slice Through a Reinforced Concrete Bunker

 

17:38 09.04.2016(updated 20:30 09.04.2016)

Journalists from the Russian news network Zvezda released a video showing the test firing of the RPG-28 Klyukva (Cranberry), a handheld Russian anti-tank rocket launcher.

A Russian RPG-28 Klyukva (Cranberry) handheld anti-tank grenade launcher was tested in the presence of journalists from the Russian news network Zvezda; the video shows the RPG-28’s shell easily piercing through a reinforced concrete wall two meters thick.

“The shock wave was so powerful that we could hear the tremble of the bunker from where we watched the test. Also, a car alarm system was set off a few kilometers away due to the grenade launcher firing,” journalists said.

Unveiled in 2007, the RPG-28 is designed to defeat modern and future tanks as well as fortified infantry with advanced reactive and composite armor.

The RPG-28, a portable, disposable anti-tank rocket launcher with a single shot capacity, closely resembles the RPG-27.

The 12-kg RPG-28 has a larger diameter round which allows it to achieve higher armor penetration performance. The grenade launcher’s round is a 125-mm tandem shaped charge with a range of 300 meters.

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RPG-28 light anti-armour weapon

Reactive anti-tank grenade RPG-28 in firing positionReactive anti-tank grenade RPG-28 in firing position

The Bazalt State Research and Production Enterprise developed the RPG-28 disposable heavy anti-tank rocket launcher in the early 2000s.

The project aimed to develop an expendable man-portable rocket-launcher with the maximum penetration of armour of advanced main battle tanks, while preserving acceptable weight and dimensions. The RPG-28 can also efficiently kill enemy manpower in defensive fortifications and buildings. The rocket launcher is designed to boost combat capabilities of Army units.

In order to increase penetration the calibre of the main warhead of the PG-28 round was increased up to 125 mm. The precursor charge with a piezoelectric fuse, just like that of the RPG-27, detonates when the round hits the ERA, destroys it, and sends a pulse to detonate the main warhead. At the same time a shaped-charge jet forms after the ERA is defeated, thus, the ERA explosion does not deform the shaped-charge jet of the main warhead and does not reduce its penetration. As a result, the PG-28 rocket is capable of defeating protection of any modern main battle tank.

An increase of calibre brought the weight of the RPG-28 up to 12 kg. The effective range of fire amounts to 300 m. It lakes three simple actions to set up the rocket launcher from the travelling position or tear it down from the combat position A heavier weight and a greater length of the RPG-28 have decreased the manoeuvrability of the rocket launcher operator, as compared with that of infantrymen, firing RPG-26S. However, the deterioration of the above-mentioned characteristics is totally offset by the boosted ability to kill targets, fitted with ERA.

Specifications RPG-28

Warhead calibre, mm………………………………………………..125
Overall weighs, kg……………………………………………………..12
Length, travelling, mm…………………………………………….1200
Effecisve range of fire, m…………………………………………..300
Deployment time, sec…………………………………………up to 10
Penetration, mm
homogeneous armour……………………………….900 behing ERA

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