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Hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher RPG-26 Aglena

The RPG-26 grenade (during the course of testing was given the name Agleni) was presented in 1982 for preliminary tests, in 1983 for field tests. They were completed in February 1984. Pomegranate was developed by a group of designers, headed by Tokarev V.S.

RPG-26 Agleni in 1985 was adopted. RPG-26 - upgrade RPG-18 and RPG-22.

During the design it was intended to implement in RPG-26 a number of new ones. solutions, which would make it possible to create a single-tube starting device made of fiberglass without a nozzle, replace the metal covers with rubber covers, ensure the possibility of transferring grenades from a marching to a combat position and back.

Hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher RPG-26 Aglena

The painstaking work of the designers was crowned with success - a single-tube starting device was obtained that did not have a retractable attachment, the total length was 770 millimeters.

The front sight has aiming marks with numbers 5 (corresponds to the firing range of 50 m), 15 (corresponds to the firing range of 150 m), 25 (corresponds to the firing range of 250 m). There were also three rather than two openings on the diopter rack, which were marked with “15”, “-” and “+”. If the ambient air temperature was between - 15 С ° and + 15 С °, the sign 15 was combined with the white dot. Accordingly, other openings are used if the air temperature was below or above this range. This diopter device makes it possible to more accurately take into account the change in the aiming angle in different temperature conditions.

RPG-26 for the production of a shot must be installed on the shoulder, bring it into a firing position. To do this, turn the fly all the way up, pull the check out of the trigger and lift the safety strut up to the stop. In reverse order, the RPG-26 is transferred to the marching position from the combat one. RPG-22 can not be transferred to the hiking state.

According to the principle of the grenade, the PG-26 is similar to the PG-22, however, it has an increased power of action at the target due to the improved design of the cumulative part of the head of the grenade.

The jet charge of the engine is made from 7 / 1 TR B / A powder. At the head of the grenade used explosive brand Ofol.

The grenade fuse has undergone some changes. It reliably functions as a grenade even if the piezoelectric generator fails (in the event of an indirect impact on the protruding parts of the armored vehicle). The weight of the RPG-26 assembly increased by 200 g compared to the RPG-22 grenade launcher and is 2900 g. Such an increase in the weight of the RPG-26 did not reduce the ease of use of the grenade launcher.

Specifications of RPG-26 Aglena:
Caliber - 72,5 millimeter;
Length in combat and traveling position - 770 millimeters;
Weight - 2,9 kg;
The initial speed of the grenade - 144 m / s;
Direct shot range - 170 m;
Aim shot range - 250 m;
Penetration at an angle of 60 degrees - 440 mm.

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  1. curious
    curious 5 September 2012 12: 02
    Proven and credible weapon. Paired with the RShG-2, a wonderful tandem
  2. axmed05
    axmed05 5 September 2012 14: 48
    You won’t scare a modern tank with such a grenade launcher. A modern grenade launcher should be three-stage, when fired, the first stage will have to spray an aerosol cloud blinding the enemy tank, the second stage will remove dynamic protection, and the third stage will accordingly penetrate the armor. This will be a formidable weapon.
    1. Andrei
      Andrei 5 September 2012 15: 26
      there is a meadowsweet on it (rpg-27) and at the expense of an aerosol cloud - it will make the whole system heavier; such things should be implemented on ATGMs and the cost and dimensions will become more .... for its time RPG-26 is a good grenade launcher ...
      1. JonnyT
        JonnyT 5 September 2012 15: 34
        For high-tech tanks there is ATGM. But for the fight against lightly armored targets, engineering structures, infantry groups RPG-26 what you need. And with good preparation, they can immobilize the tank! Sovetsky developments were made with a margin for a future minimum of years on 20
    2. Hon
      Hon 5 September 2012 15: 45
      This lightweight grenade launcher is used as a mass infantryman’s weapon. By the way, against modern tanks, as experience shows, PG-7VM shots are still quite effective.
    3. datur
      datur 5 September 2012 21: 24
      axmed05, + 4 stage, sucking all the fuel from the enemy tank, wink what good then disappear !!!! laughing
      1. Glockxnumx
        Glockxnumx 20 January 2013 02: 17
        This will be the RPG-26P:
        RPG-26 - 1 pc.
        Warrant Officer - 1 piece
  3. Owl
    Owl 5 September 2012 20: 47
    The main thing is that there was no need to "finish shooting" them after cocking.
  4. Prohor
    Prohor 7 September 2012 10: 12
    People, can anyone list all the RPGs of the Russian army? There are so many of them that I was already lost ... request
  5. Andrei
    Andrei 14 September 2012 00: 36
    rpg-7, rpg-16, rpg-18, rpg-22, rpg-26, -rpg27 well, plus RShG-1 and RShG-2, although they have little to do with anti-tank grenade launchers + international projects like "HASHIM" and those that exist but they don't seem to be in service .. I don't remember the name, I remember that the caliber is 125 mm and the tandem warhead ... some could have missed, correct if that ...
  6. Romeohihnic
    Romeohihnic 8 October 2012 19: 21
    It should be specially noted that the time of transfer from traveling to combat position with RPG-26, compared with RPG-22, was reduced by almost 2 times, which, in turn, increased the combat effectiveness of using RPG-26. To fire a shot, you need to aim and press the trigger lever (sear). The PG-26 grenade is similar to the PG-22 grenade on the principle of the device, but has an increased power of action on the target due to the improved design of the cumulative head unit. Jet engine charge - from gunpowder brand 7/1 TR B / A. The head of the grenade is equipped with Okfol brand explosives