posted on Jun, 29 2011 @ 07:52 PM
Originally posted by josh2009s
Now all I have to do is build a two piece rocket-launching system and that would render this useless.
The RPG-30 was unveiled in 2008 by the State Research and Production Enterprise, Bazalt as a modern anti-tank grenade launcher designed to
address the threat of reactive armor and active protection systems on tanks. Active protection systems (APS) such as ARENA-E, Drozd and Trophy
defeat anti-armour munitions by destroying them before they reach the target, the RPG-30 is an intended response to the introduction of these systems.
The RPG-30 has cleared its testing program and is waiting to be included in the Russian state arms procurement program as of November 2008.
The RPG-30 shares a close resemblance with the RPG-27 in that it is a man-portable, disposable anti-tank rocket launcher with a single shot capacity.
Unlike the RPG-27 however, there is a smaller diameter precursor round in addition to the main round. This precursor acts as a false target,
tricking the APS into engaging it and allowing the main round a clear path to the target, while the APS is stuck in the 0.2-0.4 second delay needed to
start its next engagement.
is an RPG-32 test, which is similar to the RPG-30.
But they'll probably be better off than if the warhead on the projectile detonates, right?
The projectile is meant to attack the vehicle with an anti-tank warhead. If it hits the vehicle, then it's main damage is going to be to the vehicle
and anyone inside.
The APS uses projectiles flying away from the vehicle to attack the incoming projectile. Some APS use rockets, some use "shotgun" like deterants,
etc. What this means is that any person within a certain radius of the APS, which launches automatically I must add, is in a potential death zone.
If you are driving a vehicle with APS, and you have men walking alongside you, then you'll probably be instructed to disable the APS system anyways...
which means you can really only field them on heavy armour units.
I must add that the Americans have been working on an APS system for awhile that uses a directed energy weapon to intercept incoming projectiles.
However, I can't see this as being very practical at this time in development nor anything but insanely expensive to deploy.
Well this seems like such an obvious danger that they wouldn't be pushing this system unless they were confident they could devise a method for
the system to distinguish between real threats and other objects.
There's always room for error.
And there's always room for screwing around with the APS itself. For instance, some APS systems are designed to produce many laser beams to lower the
chance of getting hit by a laser-guided missile; some are designed to discharge smoke in a 180* to 360* diameter around the vehicle. An enemy could
use this to their advantage by deliberately shooting a rocket at the APS to set it off, which in turn could interfere with the defensive vehicles'
weapons optics or viewfinders.
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