Although its armour can withstand a hit by most RPGs, soldiers are often required to be exposed through its hatches to perform their jobs.
- Weight: 19,950 kg;
- Length: 6.98 m
- Height: 2.69 m
- Range: 550 km
- Speed: Up to 100 km/h
Manufacturer: General Dynamics Land Systems Canada
Standard equipment: Central tire-inflation system, fire-detection-suppression system, nuclear; biological and chemical defensive system; light armour.
Electronics: Driver and commander have display terminals for the tactical navigation system that has a digital magnetic compass and laser range finder.
PORTABLE, ACCURATE, SIMPLE AND DEADLY
Although commonly called a rocket-propelled grenade, RPG stands for Ruchnoi Protivotankovye Granatamyot (Russian for handheld anti-tank grenade-launcher) and has been a military staple since most common version is the Russian-made RPG-7 which is used by the armies of more than 40 countries and is also used, reportedly, by a range of terrorist organizations.
The launcher with optical sights weighs 6.9 kilograms and is light enough to be carried and fired by a single operator.
FIRE AND FLEE
The effective use of rocket-propelled grenades requires getting as close as possible to the target and ensuring the shot is accurate, then leaving the area quickly as the tell-tale trail of smoke emanating from the RPG marks the firing position.
Booster launch: Booster ignites and launches grenade at 420 km/h
Rocket ignites: Rocket fires and increases speed to 1000 km/h
The grenade can travel up to 1,000 metres. A skilled shooter can hit a moving target at up to 300 metres, and a stationary target at 500 metres, but it's mostly used with 80 metres.
Detonation: Depending on the type of warhead, the missile explodes on impact, or at a set distance.
Types of grenades
- PG-7VL standard HEAT warhead for most vehicle and fortification targets
- PG-7VR dual HEAT warhead for defeating modern heavily armoured vehicles.
- TBG-7V thermobaric warhead for anti-personnel and urban warfare.
SOURCE: HOW STUFF WORKS.COM