122mm Free Rocket 

     Notes:  These rockets, still in their shipping containers, are simply propped against some handy object and fired by a fuse or electrical ignition.  Often, the rockets are placed in position and fired by a time fuse to prevent effective counterbattery fire.  Maximum accuracy for these rounds is 4 (aiming is largely guesswork), and deviation distances are doubled, and no corrections are allowed.  Aiming these rockets for direct-fire work is impossible.  These rockets are also fired by MRLs such as the BM-14. 

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

122mm Free Rocket

122mm

46 kg (Complete)

2 meters

$350

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

122mm Free Rocket

0

Nil

10000

HE

C8  B24

80C

 

B-10 

     Notes:  The B-10 is a recoilless rifle that has been largely replaced in Russian service by antitank missiles and the SPG-9 recoilless rifle.  The B-10 is normally aimed using a simple sight, though several optical sights may be mounted.  The B-10 has largely been replaced in Russian units by ATGMs and lighter rocket launchers, though Airborne units still use it mounted on light vehicles.  It is also in widespread use by former Soviet client states. 

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

B-10 Recoilless Rifle

82mm

87.6 kg

1.68 meters

$5375

 

Ammunition

Caliber

Weight

Price

O-881A FRAG-HE

82mm

3.9 kg

$117

BK-881 HEAT

82mm

3.87 kg

$174

BK-881m HEAT

82mm

4.11 kg

$185

Type 65 FRAG-HE

82mm

4.6 kg

$138

Type 65 HEAT

82mm

2.95 kg

$133

Type 65-I HEAT-FRAG

82mm

3.45 kg

$104

Type 65-II HEAT

82mm

2.94 kg

$132

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

B-10

2

200

1065

O-881A FRAG-HE

C6  B25

3C

 

2

200

1065

BK-881 HEAT

C6  B15

42C

 

2

200

1065

BK-881m HEAT

C7  B15

46C

 

2

230

1220

Type 65 FRAG-HE

C8  B25

4C

 

2

230

1220

Type 65 HEAT

C6  B15

37C

 

2

215

1145

Type 65-I HEAT-FRAG

C8  B20

34C

 

2

235

1230

Type 65-II HEAT

C7  B15

40C

 

B-11

     Notes:  This bulky and difficult-to-handle weapon has largely been replaced in Russian service by antitank missiles.  It can still be found in category 2 and 3 units.  The B-11 is also used by Airborne units as a light field gun and bunker buster.  It is equipped with a simple iron sight, but may mount other type of sighting equipment. 

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

B-11 Recoilless Rifle

107mm

305 kg

3.31 meters

$10250

 

Ammunition

Caliber

Weight

Price

HE

107mm

13.6 kg

$408

HEAT

107mm

9 kg

$405

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

B-11

4

200

1065

HE

C14  B25

9C

 

4

200

1065

HEAT

C9  B15

57C

 

RPG-2 

     This is the forerunner of the RPG-7, and rivals that weapon as the most widely used rocket launcher in the world.  It is now found only in Third World nations and in China (as the Type 56), though it is found in those countries in droves.  It has found service in at least 15 countries’ armies in its lifetime, and perhaps much more in the hands of irregular, guerilla, and terrorist hands. The RPG-2 has been produced with and without license worldwide, and is a very easy weapon to make, even in primitive conditions. The launcher is a simple straight tube with sights and a firing mechanism attached, and sometimes a small exhaust flare at the rear, with a wooden sleeve for the part that goes over the shoulder to protect the shooter from the heat of the propellant charge. The warhead, though large, is an old design and very inefficient; range is not helped by the fact that the RPG-2’s grenade charge, the PG-2, is not actually rocket-propelled – it is fired by simple charge of six tandem black powder charges, which blows the grenade out of the tube, similar to a blackpowder rifle in a way, though exhaust gasses are still vented to the rear.  The grenade free-flies without any propulsion along the way. Essentially, the RPG-2 is not a rocket launcher in any way – it is a recoilless grenade thrower.

     An interesting note about the RPG-2 is that it is not meant to be fired from the left shoulder.  At the rear of the pistol grip, on the right side, is a small gas port, which vents some gas during firing to relive pressure on the firing pin from the propellant charge.  Firing from the left shoulder could cause a nasty burn on the left side of a shooter’s neck if it is fired from the left shoulder.  To simulate this, the GM should assign a 50% chance that the head of the shooter receives 1-2 points of damage if he shoots from the left shoulder, upon each shot.

     The Karen National Liberation Army in Burma has produced a round for the RPG-2/Type 56 with a fragmentation jacket added to it, producing an ad hoc antipersonnel round.  This type of round would be easy to produce in a Twilight 2000 timeline from existing RPG-2 round.  The weight below is estimated; if anyone knows for sure, please email me.

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

RPG-2

82mm (Overcaliber)

2.83 kg

1.19 meters

$650

 

Ammunition

Caliber

Weight

Price

Chinese HEAT

80mm Overcaliber

1.84 kg

$46

Russian HEAT

82mm Overcaliber

1.84 kg

$46

KNLA FRAG-HEAT

82mm Overcaliber

2.1 kg

$48

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

RPG-2

1

40

Nil

Chinese HEAT

C6  B25

46C

 

1

40

Nil

Russian HEAT

C6  B25

42C

 

1

37

Nil

KNLA FRAG-HEAT

C4  B31

37C

 

RPG-7 Knut 

     Notes:  The RPG-7 is a progressive development of the RPG-2 and a forerunner of the RPG-16, though the RPG-16 failed to supplant the RPG-7 due to the flexibility of the RPG-7 system.  It fires a larger, but less powerful warhead than the RPG-16s HEAT warhead. But the sheer number of different rockets for the RPG-7 ensured that the RPG-7 remained in production.  The sheer flexibility and variety of warheads have meant that the RPG-7 has been retained in service despite the introduction of several newer rocket launchers, even in Russian service.  It can be found almost anywhere else and is possibly the most popular rocket launcher ever produced. The RPG-7 is produced, with and without a license, in an unknown number of countries throughout the world, as is the ammunition; the amount of official users reaches into the forties.  Some users have greatly-improved sights, as do the RPG-7V2 and RPG-7D3.

     The RPG-7 uses a widened (45mm) expansion chamber, with a 40mm tube on either side, and a bell-shaped exhaust venturi in the rear.  The part that goes over the shoulder is covered in a wooden sleeve to protect the shooter against the heat of the rocket exhaust. The RPG-7 has a firing grip as well as a “hindgrip” behind the firing grip. The RPG-7 must be “cocked” before firing; a hammer at the rear of the firing grip must be drawn back. Chinese versions have a folding bipod, and several other countries’ versions also have a bipod. Rockets consist of a rocket booster section and a warhead section, which must be assembled prior to use, though this may be done well before a battle, and the round will store stable for years after assembly. The original version is now called the RPG-7V. A variant of the RPG-7, the RPG-7D, is designed primarily for airborne, air assault, and light infantry use, and differs in the lighter materials used and in being able to be taken apart at the center for easier drops and carrying; and the firing grip can be removed to protect it during jumps.  The two halves connect using AK-47 bayonet lugs. The RPG-7 is equipped with a low-magnification optical sight that requires considerable practice to achieve optimum results.  The RPG-7V1 is essentially similar for game purposes, having a spindly, folding, detachable bipod.  Both can replace their issue sights with night vision sights of certain types designed for them. The standard sight for the RPG-7 is the PGO-7 sight which has an illuminated stadia and a 2.7x magnification.  Yellow and green lens attachments have been developed to allow for differing light and haze conditions. Stadia illumination is done by a small battery in the sight module.

     The RPG-7V2 and RPG-7D3 are the latest versions, modified to allow the use of newest RPG-7 rounds. The original RPG-7V and RPG-7D cannot use the latest Russian PG-7L, PG-7VR, PG-7LT, and TPG-7 rounds or the Bulgarian GTB-7 round, as the pressure from the firing and exhaust gasses is too high for these earlier designs.  They RPG-7V2 and RPG-7D3 are otherwise equivalent to the RPG-7V and RPG-7D for game purposes.

     Airtronic USA has developed a US version of the RPG-7V2 and will it for sale starting in 2011; it has been dubbed in the press the “Amerikanski RPG-7,” though Airtronic calls it the RPG-7-USA. This version uses a modern steel launch tube (similar to that of an M-16 barrel), a MIL-STD-1913 rail in three pieces atop the launcher, and an removable M-4-type sliding shoulder stock below the launcher as well as a “hindgrip.” The firing grip uses an M-16/M-4-type pistol grip.  The upper rail has simple flip-up-type iron sights, though any sort of sight could be installed on the rails.  The rails allow the RPG-7-USA allow for left and right-handed use. Several ergonomic enhancements are incorporated into the design.  The RPG-7-USA can use all types of RPG-7 rockets, with the same results.  The RPG-7-USA is much shorter than the standard RPG-7V2. So far, no sales have been made, though there are reportedly several interested parties.

     DIO in Iran produces a shortened version of the RPG-7 which is a “no frills” model only 730mm long.  I have not yet been able to find any good information on performance or effects of the shorter length, so it is not covered here except for this heads-up.

     The RPG-7 is not meant to be fired from the left shoulder, for a different reason than the RPG-2 – the sights are virtually impossible to use from the left shoulder.  Degrade accuracy by two levels when fired from the left shoulder.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The Airtronic RPG-7-USA is not produced in the Twilight 2000 timeline, though the West has reverse-engineered the standard versions of the RPG-7 for use by its troops in China, Europe, and the Middle East, and considerable use is made of captured RPG-7s in those areas as well as in Alaska, and by guerillas.

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

RPG-7V

Several Sizes of Overcaliber Rockets

6.9 kg

950mm

$850

RPG-7D

Several Sizes of Overcaliber Rockets

6.3 kg

650mm/950mm

$950

RPG-7-USA

Several Sizes of Overcaliber Rockets

7.09 kg

908mm

$966

 

Ammunition

Caliber

Weight

Price

Bulgarian OG-7E Concussion

73mm Overcaliber

3 kg

$51

Bulgarian OFG-7V FRAG-HE

73mm Overcaliber

3 kg

$51

Bulgarian OG-7G FRAG-HE

73mm Overcaliber

3.35 kg

$58

Bulgarian KO-7 HEAT-FRAG

96mm Overcaliber

3.5 kg

$110

Bulgarian GTB-7 Thermobaric

105mm Overcaliber

4.7 kg

$162

Chinese Type 69 FRAG-Airburst

75mm Overcaliber

2.8 kg

$46

Chinese HE-HEAT

92mm Overcaliber

2.67 kg

$86

Chinese HE-RP

76mm Overcaliber

2.67 kg

$64

Chinese Type 69 HEAT

85mm Overcaliber

2.16 kg

$54

Chinese Type 69-I HEAT

85mm Overcaliber

2.24 kg

$56

Chinese Type 69-II HEAT

94mm Overcaliber

2.97 kg

$80

Chinese Type 69-III HEAT

80mm Overcaliber

2.26 kg

$47

Chinese ILLUM

75mm Overcaliber

2.2 kg

$35

Chinese FRAG-ILLUM

80mm Overcaliber

2.5 kg

$80

Chinese Type 84 HEAT

84mm Overcaliber

1.8 kg

$37

Czech PG-7M110 HEAT

110mm Overcaliber

3.15 kg

$77

Egyptian SAKR Cobra HEAT

80mm Overcaliber

2.2 kg

$50

Egyptian Home Guard HE-FRAG

40mm Overcaliber

1.75 kg

$25

Egyptian Borkan WP

82mm Overcaliber

2.25 kg

$35

Iranian Nafez HEAT

73mm Overcaliber

2.65 kg

$63

Iranian Saegheh HE-FRAG

40mm Overcaliber

1.4 kg

$18

Iranian Nafez-2 HEAT-T

80mm Overcaliber

2.6 kg

$101

Russian OG-7 HE

73mm Overcaliber

1.76 kg

$29

Russian OG-7M HE

73mm Overcaliber

1.76 kg

$28

Russian PG-7M HEAT

70mm Overcaliber

1.98 kg

$48

Russian PG-7N HEAT

70mm Overcaliber

1.98 kg

$46

Russian PG-7L HEAT

93mm Overcaliber

2.6 kg

$65

Russian PG-7VR HEAT-T

105mm Overcaliber

4.5 kg

$182

Russian PG-7LT HEAT-T

93mm Overcaliber

2.9 kg

$102

Russian TBG-7 Thermobaric

105mm Overcaliber

4.5 kg

$231

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

RPG-7

1

85

520

Bulgarian OG-7E Concussion

C13

2C

 

1

125

935

Bulgarian OFG-7V FRAG-HE

C6  B38

4C

 

1

85

600

Bulgarian OG-7G FRAG-HE

C8  B44

3C

 

1

100

800

Bulgarian KO-7 HEAT-FRAG

C7  B38

52C

 

2

105

800

Bulgarian GTB-7 Thermobaric

C38  B34

49C

 

1

105

800

Chinese Type 69 FRAG-Airburst

C10  B26

2C

 

1

105

1800

Chinese 92mm HE-HEAT

C11  B32

51C

 

1

105

1500

Chinese 76mm HE-RP

C6  B22

2C

 

1

70

500

Chinese Type 69 HEAT

C6  B25

44C

 

1

80

600

Chinese Type 69-I HEAT

C7  B25

51C

 

1

70

500

Chinese Type 69-II HEAT

C9  B30

68C

 

1

140

1100

Chinese Type 69-III HEAT

C7  B25

69C

 

1

105

1500

Chinese ILLUM

(B505)

Nil

 

1

115

1500

Chinese FRAG-ILLUM

C4  B20+(B305)

1C

 

1

145

1100

Chinese Type 84 HEAT

C8  B30

77C

 

1

105

800

Czech PG-7M110 HEAT

C16  B40

140C

 

1

125

1000

Egyptian SAKR Cobra HEAT

C8  B30

93C

 

1

145

1100

Egyptian Home Guard HE-FRAG

C2  B25

Nil

 

1

125

1000

Egyptian Borkan WP

C2  B15

Nil

 

1

115

900

Iranian Nafez HEAT

C6  B25

83C

 

1

120

900

Iranian Nafez-2 HEAT-T

C7  B25

81C/101C

 

1

160

1200

Iranian Saegheh HE-FRAG

C2  B20

Nil

 

1

70

500

Russian OG-7 HE

C7  B25

4C

 

1

90

700

Russian OG-7M HE

C8  B30

4C

 

1

85

600

Russian PG-7M HEAT

C5  B20

51C

 

1

100

700

Russian PG-7N HEAT

C6  B25

72C

 

1

85

600

Russian PG-7L HEAT

C10  B30

103C

 

2

65

500

Russian PG-7VR HEAT-T

C15  B40

108C/135C

 

2

80

600

Russian PG-7LT HEAT-T

C11  B35

98C/122C

 

2

105

800

Russian TBG-7 Thermobaric

C34  B30

52C

 

RPG-16 Udar

     Notes:  Though the RPG-16 resembles an RPG-7 with a wider tube (58mm vs. the 40mm tube of the RPG-7), it is more of a smaller version of the SPG-9, supposedly giving paratroopers the capabilities of the SPG-9 in a smaller form.  It proved to be less effective than the SPG-9 and not as flexible as the RPG-7 system and did not offer significantly more range, so it was quickly dropped and airborne and air assault forces went back to the RPG-7D.  The most common place they are to be encountered these days, therefore, are in the hands of Taliban and Al-Qaida forces, as they were primarily used (in small numbers) during Russia’s involvement in Afghanistan.  The base warheads are better than those of the RPG-7, but later developments in RPG-7 warheads outstrip the RPG-7.  The RPG-16 has an integral passive IR sight with a 2.7x magnification, as well as backup iron sights, and a folding bipod. It can be split into two parts for transport and storage (and is often designated, incorrectly, in the West as RPG-16D for that reason). The rocket has a launching charge and a booster charge; the booster charge does not fire until the rocket is 7 meters from the shooter, so the backblast is half as effective at dampening backblast as a rocket using the Davis Countershot principle.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon was for long time thought to be out of production (dropped in favor of the RPG-7 and improved warheads), but in the Twilight War it was revealed to still be in use by certain Russian troops as well as being sold to some former Warsaw Pact countries and certain “unnamed parties.”

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

RPG-16

88mm (Overcaliber)

9.4 kg

645mm (Stowed), 1104mm (Firing)

$1082

 

Ammunition

Caliber

Weight

Price

HEAT

88mm Overcaliber

3 kg

$74

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

RPG-16

1

100

1075

HEAT

C9  B30

81C

 

RPG-18 Mukha 

     Notes: Noting the utility of the US M-72 LAW disposable AT launcher as a bunker buster in Vietnam, the Russians set about to copy it.  And they did, almost to the letter, right down to the cartoon-type instructions on the side of the collapsible launch tube.  Like the M-72, the simple sights spring open when the launch tube is opened.  (The warhead is a bit smaller, at 64mm vs. the M-72’s 66mm.)  The RPG-18 Mukha began issue in 1972, and issue continued until 1990, when it was replaced by the RPG-22.  The RPG-18 was primarily issued to heliborne and light infantry units.

     The RPG-18, however, does not have a very important feature that the M-72 does have – once the RPG-18 launcher is extended to the launch position, it cannot be put back on safe and re-collapsed.  Once you extend the RPG-18, you have a live round that stays live, even if you find out you don’t need to use the RPG-18 after all.  Therefore, you simply have to abandon the RPG-18 or carry a rocket that could go off at any moment.  Not a pleasant thought!

     The RPG-22 Neto was an improved version of the RPG-18, issued to Soviet units in 1980.  Production of the RPG-22 stopped in 1993 in favor of the more effective RPG-26, but since large stocks of the RPG-22, it is not uncommon to find Russian units that still have them; it was also exported to other countries.  The warhead is larger at 72.5mm, with a more powerful rocket motor to propel it.  The Soviets did realize their mistake at providing no way to safe the RPG-22 is use was found to not be necessary, using a safing and re-collapsing method similar to that of the M-72.

     The RPG-26 Aglen was a further improvement of the RPG-22, adopted by the Soviets in 1985, and still in production.  Warhead diameter is the same, but the warhead is more effective than the RPG-22’s.  The RPG-26 is otherwise the same as the RPG-22 for game purposes.

     The RShG-2 is derived from the RPG-26, with a thermobaric warhead instead of a HEAT warhead.  It is designed for multipurpose use, against soft-skinned and light armored vehicles, as a bunker buster, and to kill troops in the open and inside caves.  The Russians adopted this weapon in 2000, though it existed in test form about 3 years earlier.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: In the Twilight 2000 timeline, the RPG-18 and RPG-22 are fairly common, the RPG-26 fairly rare, and the RShG-2 nonexistent.

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

RPG-18 Mukha

64mm

2.7 kg

705mm (Stowed), 1050mm (Firing)

$260

RPG-22 Neto

72.5mm

2.7 kg

785mm (Stowed), 850mm (Firing)

$260

RPG-26 Aglen

72.5mm

2.9 kg

785mm (Stowed), 850mm (Firing)

$260

RShG-2

72.5mm

3.8 kg

785mm (Stowed), 850mm (Firing)

$332

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

RPG-18 Mukha

0

55

Nil

HEAT

C4  B20

45C

RPG-22 Neto

0

90

Nil

HEAT

C6  B25

66C

RPG-26 Aglen

0

95

Nil

HEAT

C7  B25

80C

RShG-2

0

95

Nil

Thermobaric

C17  B15

10C

 

RPG-27 Tavolga

     Notes: Essentially a heavy disposable LAW (perhaps MAW would be more appropriate), the RPG-27 is based around a modified form of the RPG-7’s PG-7VR tandem HEAT rocket, and is quite a powerful weapon in a relatively small package.  The RPG-27 was adopted by Russian forces in 2000. It is offered for export, but customers (if any) are unknown).

     Externally, the RPG-27 looks like an overgrown RPG-26.  The endcaps are not opened during before launch, and no extending of the launcher into launch position is necessary; the rubber endcaps are destroyed once the firing bar is depressed.  The firing mechanism is readied by raising the rear sight, which interlocks with a safety; putting the sight back down re-engages the safety.

     The RShG-1 is a derivative of the RPG-27 that has a thermobaric warhead instead of the HEAT-T warhead of the RPG-27.  The sights are altered to reflect the different usage of the RShG-1, and are not as effective against moving targets. Operation is essentially the same as the RPG-27, except for the warhead effects.

     The RPG-28 is an even larger version of the RPG-27, firing a tandem HEAT warhead from a unitary disposable launch tube.  The RPG-28 and RPG-27 look virtually identical except for caliber, and appear to have the same operation.  Like the RPG-27, the RPG-28 does not need to be extended before launch, and the sights are similar and work in the same manner.

     The RPG-30 is an interesting, and as far as I can find out, unique iteration on the antitank rocket launcher.  It is, essentially, a duplex rocket launcher.  Upon firing, a small rocket fires ahead of the main rocket, and the two are matched to fly in an identical trajectory, about a half a second apart; the second rocket is slowed by larger fins and its larger size.  Though the small precursor rocket has a small explosive charge, causing damage is not its primary role.  The precursor rocket’s role is to spoof hard-kill Active Protection Systems such as the Arena, Drozd, and Trophy systems. Such a system requires 0.2-0.4 seconds to reset to deal with any further rounds which are incoming, and the second rocket should be able to slip under this window of time.  The probability that the primary rocket will get past the APS is a roll of 12 on a 1d20. If the RPG-30 is fired as an antipersonnel weapon or area weapon, the precursor rocket will land 1-3 meters from the impact point determined for the primary rocket. Due to the dual rocket launches, firing the RPG-30 requires a little extra training and chances to hit with it are at -1 on the die roll.  The GM should have the PC or NPC roll to hit with the primary rocket only, i.e., only one to hit roll is required.  Against a hard target, the two rockets will hit almost simultaneously (within 0.2 seconds of each other), in almost exactly the same spot if not the same spot.

     The RShG-1 is good for area targets, fortifications, and soft-skinned vehicle, but its thermobaric warhead is not really a good anti-armor weapon.  Bazalt therefore made sort of compromise between antiarmor and anti-fortification weapons; this is the RMG.  It’s still an excellent anti-armor weapon, but it also has a thermobaric warhead as a follow-on charge to the initial HEAT charge.  This gives the warhead the ability to penetrate fortifications and armor, with the thermobaric warhead acting as a sort of tandem charge.  Like all of these rockets (with the possible exception of the RPG-30; I don’t have information about this one), the rocket motor burns out completely inside the launch tube.  The rocket follows a ballistic path instead of having the flatter trajectory of weapons like the RPG-7, and it does take some extra training to get used to this.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: These weapons do not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

RPG-27

105mm

10 kg

900mm

$384

RShG-1

105mm

8 kg

900mm

$448

RPG-28

125mm

13 kg

1200mm

$467

RPG-30

10mm + 105mm

10.3 kg

900mm

$576

RMG

105mm

8.5 kg

1000mm

$780

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

RPG-27

0

90

Nil

HEAT-T

C15  B40

89C/119C

RShG-1

0

90

Nil

Thermobaric

C44  B34

60C

RPG-28

0

90

Nil

HEAT-T

C21  B45

107C/143C

RPG-30

0

90

Nil

HE + HEAT-T

C1  B1 + C15  B40

Nil + 89C/119C

RMG

0

130

Nil

HEAT-Thermobaric

C30  B74

75C/90C

 

RPG-29 Vampir

     Notes:  The RPG-29 appears to be a straightforward tube rocket launcher; the launch tube and warhead are of the same caliber instead of using an overcaliber warhead, and this allows for a larger propellant charge, and therefore longer range.  The launch tube comes in two parts to allow for easier transport and storage. At first, only one round was available for it, the PG-29V tandem shaped charge; this round uses a precursor warhead on a long tube with a 65mm warhead.  Later, a thermobaric warhead round was been developed for the RPG-29, the TBG-29V.  The RPG-29 is unusual for a modern rocket launcher in that it does not have an initial rocket charge to propel the rocket out of the tube before the main rocket charge ignites; instead, the main rocket fires when the trigger is pulled, and the entire propelling charge burns out before the rocket has left the launch tube.  This also means that the rocket follows a ballistic trajectory from the moment it leaves the tube instead of having most of its flight being relatively flat, and this takes some training and getting used to on the part of the gunner. The sight used with the RPG-29 is a 2.7x optical sight with an illuminated stadia, but this can be removed or the launcher otherwise fired without it using folding unmagnified sights. There is also a ground mount for the RPG-29; this consists of a tripod and adds laser sights. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The RPG-29 is in use primarily by Russian and Czech Airborne, Air Assault, and special operations forces, and is relatively rare.  Ground mounts are even rarer.

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

RPG-29

105mm

(Launcher) 12.1 kg, (Ground Mount) 9 kg

1 meter (Stowed); 1.85 meters (Firing)

(Launcher) $850, (Ground Mount) $1000

 

Ammunition

Caliber

Weight

Price

HEAT-T

105mm

7.79 kg

$224

Thermobaric

105mm

7.79 kg

$285

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

RPG-29

3

125

Nil

HEAT-T

C15  B40

71C/119C

With Ground Mount

3

200

Nil

HEAT-T

C15  B40

105C/131C

RPG-29

3

125

Nil

Thermobaric

C44  B34

60C

With Ground Mount

3

200

Nil

Thermobaric

C44  B34

60C

 

RPO Shmel

     Notes:  This is rocket launcher designed to fire incendiary projectiles.  Four types of warhead are available: a conventional white phosphorus warhead, a thermobaric fuel-air explosive to destroy bunkers, a smoke round which produces very dense smoke screens, and a warhead that combines a light HEAT warhead with a thermobaric warhead to provide a limited antiarmor capability. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The RPO-G does not exist.

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

RPO-A

93mm

12 kg (Complete)

920mm

$660

RPO-D

93mm

12 kg (Complete)

920mm

$430

RPO-G

93mm

12 kg (Complete)

920mm

$700

RPO-Z

92mm

12 kg (Complete)

920mm

$540

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

RPO-A

0

60

600

Thermobaric

C30  B30

43C

RPO-D

0

60

600

Smoke

C2  (B10)

Nil

RPO-G

0

60

600

HEAT-Thermobaric

C20  B30

65C

RPO-Z

0

60

600

WP

C2  B20

Nil

 

SPG-9 

     Notes:  The SPG-9 is similar to the 73mm smoothbore gun used on the BMP-1 and BMD-1.  The ammunition is identical to that used in the 73mm gun of the BMP-1 and BMD-1 except for the propelling charge.  The SPG-9 is common among Bloc airborne forces and is also found among many Third World nations. 

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

SPG-9

73mm

57 kg

2.11 kg

$5250

 

Ammunition

Caliber

Weight

Price

Bulgarian OG-9BG FRAG-HE

73mm

6.9 kg

$207

Bulgarian OG-BG1 FRAG-HE

73mm

4.48 kg

$134

Bulgarian RHEAT-9A

73mm

5.48 kg

$177

Bulgarian RHEF-9MA1

73mm

5.48 kg

$152

Russian OG-9V FRAG-HE

73mm

5.35 kg

$161

Russian OG-9VN FRAG-HE

73mm

5.35 kg

$161

Russian PG-9V HEAT

73mm

4.39 kg

$198

Russian PG-9VNT HEAT

73mm

3.2 kg

$144

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

SPG-9

3

220

800

Bulgarian OG-9BG FRAG-HE

C8  B25

2C

 

2

190

660

Bulgarian OG-9BG1 FRAG-HE

C8  B20

2C

 

3

132

1050

Bulgarian RHEAT-9MA HEAT

C9  B26

81C

 

3

132

1050

Bulgarian RHEF-9MA1 HE-FRAG

C9  B45

1C

 

3

220

800

Russian OG-9V FRAG-HE

C8  B20

2C

 

3

220

800

Russian OG-9VN FRAG-HE

C7  B25

4C

 

2

220

800

Russian PG-9V HEAT

C5  B15

53C

 

2

220

800

Russian PG-9VNT HEAT

C6  B15

73C

 

TEMP-10

     Notes:  The TEMP-10 is a highly-modified RPG-7, with an enlarged launch tube, advanced sights that incorporate a sighting telescope and limited night vision capabilities (as an image intensifier, but only 75% normal range), and only one type of round: the first EFP (Explosively-Formed Projectile) light antitank weapon round.  This round may be set for impact, delayed, or proximity detonation, and can be used for antivehicle, antipersonnel, antibunker, or antihelicopter use.  It is a very fast round; after its soft launch, it quickly (within 0.2 seconds) accelerates to 14,000 meters per phase (2,800 meters per second).  As of 2003, this was just getting into production, though the Russians had found few buyers.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This experimental rocket launcher was issued in limited quantities to Russian forces during the Twilight War, particularly to Airborne, Air Assault, and special operations forces.

     Merc 2000 Notes: Budget cuts stopped the development of the TEMP-10.

Weapon

Caliber

Weight

Length

Price

TEMP-10

110mm (Overcaliber)

6.7 kg

1 meter

$825

 

Ammunition

Caliber

Weight

Price

EFP

110mm Overcaliber

3.21 kg

$118

 

Weapon

Reload

Range

IFR

Round

Damage

Pen

TEMP-10

2

65

515

EFP

C10  B45

113C