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RPG-6 (РПГ-6)
Type Anti-tank grenade
Place of origin  Soviet Union
Service history
In service October 1943 -
Used by Soviet Union and Warsaw pact countries
Wars World War II
Specifications
Weight 1.1 kg
Length 337 mm
Diameter 103 mm

Filling TNT shaped charge
Filling weight 0.57 kg
Detonation
mechanism
Impact fuze

The RPG-6 was a Soviet anti-tank hand-grenade operating on the shaped charge principle, developed during World War II. It underwent testing in September 1943, and was accepted into service in October of the same year. It could penetrate approximately 100 millimeters of armour.

History

The RPG-6 was designed as a replacement for the RPG-43. The RPG-43 had a large warhead, but it was designed to detonate flat against a tanks 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 weapons 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 it was a short distance from the armour. The weapon was a success and went into mass production, being used alongside the RPG-43 in numerous countries long after the war. The RPG-6 was a Soviet anti-tank hand grenade used during the Second World War. The RPG-6 was a conical casing enclosing a shaped charge and containing 562 grams of TNT. The RPG-6 was fitted with a percussion fuse and four cloth ribbons to provide stability in flight after throwing. The RPG-6 had a fragmentation radius of 20 metres from the point of detonation proving useful against infantry as well as tanks.

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