Various Missile Launchers And Grenade Launchers On Display In Tula

Kornet: (Photos 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8) The 9M133 Kornet (NATO designation: AT-14) is the latest Russian ATGM (anti-tank guided missile) designed to destroy¬† the latest MBT’s, as well as low flying choppers. The Kornet entered service with the Russian army in 1994. The missile is laser guided, has a weight of 27 kg, a length of 1,200 mm, and a diameter of 152 mm. The missile can penetrate 1,000-1,200 mm of homogenous steel. Besides being used by soldiers, the Kornet can also be mounted on various vehicles such as the BMP-3, BTR, Tiger, and more.


AGS-30: (Photos 1 and 2) The AGS-30 is a fully-automatic grenade launcher designed to replace the bulkier AGS-17, and is lighter, more mobile, has a higher rate of fire, longer range, and improved accuracy. The AGS-30 has a weight of 16 kg when unloaded and 30 kg when loaded, and can be carried by a one soldier. The AGS-30 has a range exceeding 2,000 meters. The AGS-30 accepts drums that contain 30 linked grenades. The AGS-30 can fire in single-shot or fully-automatic mode and comes equipped with the PAG-17 2.7x optical sight.


RPO Shmel-M: (Photos 1, 2, and 8) The Shmel-M is a single-shot disposable thermobaric missile launcher, and is an upgraded version of the RPO Shmel-A. The Shmel-M has a caliber of 90 mm (as compared to 93 mm of its predecessor), and a weight of 8.8 kg (as compared to the 11 kg of its predecessor). the Shmel-M has an improved missile with enhanced ballistics and has a range of 1,700 meters, which is almost twice that of its predecessor. It also has a more comfortable pistol-grip and an optical sight.


9K338 Igla-S: (Photos 5 and 7) The SA-24 Igla (NATO designation: Grinch) is a modernized version of the SA-18 Igla SAM (surface to air missile), and entered service with the Russian military in 2004. The Igla-S missile weighs 11.7 kg, has a 2.5 kg warhead, and has a speed of over 650 meters per second. The Igla-S has a range of 6,000 meters, comes with a “Friend or Foe” identification system, and has improved resistance to counter-measures over its predecessor. Besides MANPADS (man-portable air defense system) versions, the Igla-S can also be mounted on vehicles and helicopters.


RShG-1: (Photos 5, 6, and 10) The RShG-1 rocket-propelled grenade launcher is similar to the RPG-27, but comes with a grenade that is equipped with a thermobaric warhead, rather than the high explosive warhead used by the RPG-27 grenades. The RShG-1 is a single shot, disposable weapon. The system weighs 8 kg, and has a range of up to 150 meters. The system is designed to engage infantry inside buildings and behind cover, and lightly armored vehicles.


RPG-30: (Photos 5, 9, and 10) First unveiled in 2008, the RPG-30 is the latest and most advanced Russian rocket propelled grenade launcher. This weapon is equipped with two tubes; one fires a smaller grenade that tricks the enemy vehicle’s active defense system into engaging it, while the bigger, more powerful grenade (the PG-30) is fired shortly afterward without facing the threat of being intercepted. The PG-30 has a range of up to 200 meters and can penetrate up to 650 mm of homogenous steel. The weapon is also effective against ERA-equipped vehicles; the small grenade sets off the reactive armor, while the second grenade penetrates the tank’s armor.


RPG-32: (Photos 5, 6, 9, and 10) The RPG-32 “Hashim” is a multi-purpose rocket propelled grenade launcher developed by Russia specifically for export, with orders already being made by Jordan, Mexico, and Lebanon. The RPG-32 is a multi-caliber weapon that can accept either 72 mm or 105 mm grenades, making it effective against a wide variety of targets, ranging from infantry to main battle tanks. The 105 mm grenade (the PG-32V) has a tandem warhead that allows it to defeat reactive armor and penetrate up to 750 mm of homogenous steel. The system has a maximum range of 700 meters.


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