|Place of origin||Soviet Union|
|In service||October 1943 –|
|Used by||Soviet Union and Warsaw pact countries|
|Wars||World War II|
|Designer||M. Z. Polevikov|
L. B. Ioffe
N. S. Zhitkikh
|Filling||TNT shaped charge|
|Filling weight||0.6 kg|
History[edit | edit source]
The weapon was a success and went into mass production in late 1943. During the war, RPG-6 grenades being used alongside the RPG-43.
In USSR, some grenades were kept in storage even after the end of the World War II.
Design[edit | edit source]
It was a conical casing enclosing a shaped charge and containing 562 grams of TNT, fitted with a percussion fuse and four cloth ribbons to provide stability in flight after throwing. It could penetrate approximately 100 millimeters of armour. The RPG-6 had a fragmentation radius of 20 metres from the point of detonation, and proved useful against infantry as well as tanks.
The RPG-43 had a large warhead, but was designed to detonate in contact with a tank's armour; it was later found that optimal performance was gained from a HEAT warhead if it exploded a short distance from the armour, roughly the same distance as the weapon's diameter. In the RPG-6 this was achieved by adding a hollow pointed nose section with the impact fuse in it, so that when the weapon detonated the warhead was at the optimum distance from the armour.
References[edit | edit source]
- Семен Федосеев. Против танка // журнал "Оружие", № 2, 2000. стр.59-63
- Оружие Победы / колл. авт., отв. ред. В. Н. Новиков. 2-е изд., пер. и доп. М., "Машиностроение", 1987. стр.427
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