About RPG types encountered in Iraq
Here is a thread already on this subject of the RPG rounds and some advanced Soviet round currently seen in Iraq.
This is a soviet arms listing
PG-7VLT Round, check the penetration specs of this RPG Round
TBG-7VR as well as a complete listing of variants by country
PShG-1 and PShG-2 Rounds
Oh and a final note, here is what the Army had to say about it, here is an excerpt
One armor expert at Fort Knox, Ky., suggested the tank may have been hit by an updated RPG. About 15 years ago, Russian scientists created
tandem-warhead anti-tank-grenades designed to defeat reactive armor. The new round, a PG-7VR, can be fired from an RPG-7V launcher and might have left
the unusual signature on the tank.
In addition, the Russians have developed an improved weapon, the RPG-22. These and perhaps even newer variants have been used against American forces
in Afghanistan. It is believed U.S. troops seized some that have been returned to the United States for testing, but scant details about their effects
and “fingerprints” are available.
Still another possibility is a retrofitted warhead for the RPG system being developed by a Swiss manufacturer.
At this time, it appears most likely that an RPG-22 or some other improved variant of the Russian-designed weapon damaged the M1 tank, sources
concluded. The damage certainly was caused by some sort of shaped-charge or hollow-charge warhead, and the cohesive nature of the destructive jet
suggests a more effective weapon than a fragmented-jet RPG-7.
A spokesman for General Dynamics Land Systems, which manufactures the Abrams, said company engineers agree some type of RPG probably caused the
damage. After checking with them, the spokesman delivered the manufacturer’s verdict: The tank was hit by “a ‘golden’ RPG” — an extremely lucky
In the end, a civilian weapons expert said, “I hope it was a lucky shot and we are not part of someone’s test program. Being a live target is no
John Roos is editor of Armed Forces Journal, which is owned by Army Times Publishing Co.
Notice how the ARMY expert says it was possibly a PG-7VR round.
Delta Chaos, next time, try not to question the facts.