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Spear grenade launchers are still popular in Iraq

The Russian lance grenade launcher "Spear" (LNG-9) has long established itself as a simple, reliable and effective anti-tank weapon, writes Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Launched in 1960, the LNG-9 has been successfully used in many armed conflicts in various regions of the world.

With a relatively small weight (about 47,5 kg), a stationary grenade launcher is capable of striking armored targets at a distance of up to 1,3 km, and manpower up to 4,5 km.

Currently, LNG-9 can often be seen in reports from the Middle East, including Syria. It is used by both government troops and gangs.

In Iraq, the grenade launcher was widespread during the eight-year war with neighboring Iran. It was used to combat tanks and enemy infantry.

Despite the fact that the Iraqi army in recent years was on the supply of the Americans, the military did not want to get rid of reliable, time-tested weapons, including the Soviet grenade launcher.

Currently, Iraqis are installing LNG-9 on Russian UAZ vehicles, armored cars and armored personnel carriers, for example, on the BTR-50. They were also seen on MT-LB tractors.

American-made Hammy armored cars were not overlooked. On the photos that appeared on the web, this vehicle is shown with the “Spear” installed on the roof. According to the Iraqi military, such a “field” modernization has justified itself.
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    ANCIENT 10 August 2018 18: 39
    In general, they did not try to modernize it, or create new ammunition with large armor penetration, or tandem? ??
    1. Kasym
      Kasym 10 August 2018 18: 54
      So "Thunder" with BMP-1 is its modernization. The SPG-9 had a bunch of upgrades and a bunch of different shots. But as far as I understand, it is no longer produced. He was heavy and had 4 crew members. In my opinion it was called "boot". hi
      1. marshes
        marshes 10 August 2018 19: 02
        Quote: Kasym
        SPG-9 had a bunch of upgrades and a bunch of different shots. But as I understand it, it is no longer produced.

        In China, more shots are being fired, maybe in the DPRK and Iran.
        1. Vladimir 5
          Vladimir 5 11 August 2018 11: 35
          In Syria, even bullets are fired with gas cylinders, so all the old stuff is in use, even the M30 is in place. There is nothing to scratch your turnip about the day before yesterday, obsolete weapons are removed with stupid decisions .....
      2. Captain Pushkin
        Captain Pushkin 10 August 2018 20: 26
        SPG-9 grenade launcher shots

        The following ammunition has been developed for the grenade launcher:

        PG-9V shot (GRAU index - 7P3) with PG-9 anti-tank grenade,
        OG-9V shot (GRAU index - 7P4) with OG-9 fragmentation grenade,
        OG-9VM shot (GRAU index - 7P4M) with OG-9M fragmentation grenade,
        OG-9VM1 shot (GRAU index - 7P4M1) with OG-9M1 fragmentation grenade,
        PG-9VS shot (GRAU index - 7P14) with PG-9S anti-tank grenade,
        PG-9VS1 shot (GRAU index - 7P20) with the PG-9S1 anti-tank grenade.
    2. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 11 August 2018 04: 00
      Quote: ANCIENT
      In general, they did not try to modernize it, or create new ammunition with large armor penetration, or tandem? ??

      1. In Belarus, they somehow modernized the 73-mm gun for the BMP-1 ... The modification was called "Thunder-2" and "gave" it an extended "range" of ammunition ... I remember that even a concrete-piercing shot was in the ammunition load as thermobaric ...). The feature of the upgraded shots is a 57 mm rocket engine instead of a 40 mm engine ...
      2: A tandem anti-tank shot has long been available in the LNG-9 ammunition
      3. It was reported that in the DPR, somewhere in the years 14-15. there was an attempt to "turn" the SPG-9 into a howitzer ... a "special" machine was made, allowing to shoot from a grenade launcher along a hinged trajectory.
      4. From the Russian Ministry of Defense there was a flash of speculation that it was possible to "improve" the SPG-9 by equipping the grenade launcher with an optical-electronic sight.
      5. Personally, I suppose that it is possible to upgrade the SPG-9: a) making a barrel from a titanium alloy, "ultra-high-strength" steel, fiberglass or carbon fiber with a steel liner; b) by equipping an optical-electronic sight; 57-mm engine ... In the end, the option of a tripod (tetraoder) machine with telescopic racks (supports) to give SPG-9 the possibility of "mounted" firing is not excluded.
    3. nikoliski
      nikoliski 12 August 2018 10: 20
      As far as I’ve heard, there is a grenade with 550mm armor penetration (this is quite enough to destroy any tank not equipped with DZ and KAZ in the side and rear projections)
  2. 23rus
    23rus 10 August 2018 18: 48
    Americans use RPG7.
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    APASUS 10 August 2018 19: 59
    Quote: marshes
    Quote: Kasym
    SPG-9 had a bunch of upgrades and a bunch of different shots. But as I understand it, it is no longer produced.

    In China, more shots are being fired, maybe in the DPRK and Iran.

    In my opinion, Pakistan produces LNG lines
    1. marshes
      marshes 10 August 2018 20: 16
      Quote: APASUS
      In my opinion, Pakistan produces LNG lines

      And what a simple and reliable, cheap weapon, the nomenclature of HE shots would be richer to do.
  5. polpot
    polpot 10 August 2018 20: 37
    I remember the slogan "Soviet means excellent", they knew how to do it, in skillful hands a wonderful thing.
  6. Jerk
    Jerk 10 August 2018 21: 55
    "Spear" - "spear" ... Boot, la! laughing
    And the thing is extremely cool.
    By the way, I once saw a video, AfghanI caught a column of tripods, here there was one such locker with mezzanines, the spirit that shot from SaPoG from the shoulder, without a machine ... Well, it shot - half the trouble, it’s before it with a pipe climbed up a hill
  7. vladcub
    vladcub 10 August 2018 22: 09
    Naturally: whoever in their right mind will refuse reliable and proven + CHEAPER modern analogues. For some reason it seems to me that "spear" is cheaper than Western counterparts
  8. vladcub
    vladcub 10 August 2018 22: 21
    Dear Jerk, you are right: "he even climbed the hill", and God forbid there are slides.
    PS.Admins, I have a remark: it became not convenient to answer. I hope you podshamanit to make it more convenient
  9. Kerensky
    Kerensky 11 August 2018 01: 20
    Most likely there is a fair supply of shots. New ones are not worth buying, but old ones need to be finished off. Remember our story with a 45mm gun.
    1. serg.shishkov2015
      serg.shishkov2015 11 August 2018 14: 04
      I reread the Model-Designer, there Baryatinsky’s article about E8 Sherman, in Korea a company of these tanks ran into a platoon of 45-mm guns, lost several cars and retreated, and only the lazy ones didn’t kick these guns
  10. Hiller
    Hiller 11 August 2018 14: 26
    "Boot" (in our opinion) is an excellent weight !! Rounds PG-9V and OG-9V (cumulative and fragmentation). Now in the Russian Federation is not produced, only like the Bulgarians in their “Arsenal” stamped.