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Russia's New Armor-Fooling Rocket Grenade Is An "Abrams Killer" Apparently

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The new rocket-propelled grenade RPG-30 anti-armor weapon recently unveiled in Russia has a sneaky trick to help it get past active defenses—it fires a tiny decoy rocket flying ahead of the main warhead. This is to confuse defensive systems into attacking the decoy, meaning they're too busy to successfully defeat the real weapon inbound just a tenth of a second or so behind. The RPG then has a 105-mm tandem warhead that is apparently capable of penetrating 650mm of steel armor, and can defeat reactive explosive armor too, earning it the "Abrams killer" label.


Which is, of course, interestingly ironic since the Abrams M1 typically doesn't use reactive armor, neither does its UK equivalent main battle tank the Challenger 2—they rely on advanced solid armor instead. And you'd need either a very lucky strike, or many impacts to seriously damage one of these beasts with any type of RPG. Russian tanks, like the T72 and T80, on the other hand, do rely on reactive armor and sometimes employ active defense systems like Arena. Would be interesting to see the RPG-30 pitted against the Future Combat System's Quick Kill defenses, don't you think?


Still, makers Bazalt got some military chaps to demonstrate the system recently on TV:


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first of all, the video is of the RPG 32 "hashim" developed in conjunction with the Jordanian government, and is completely different from the RPG 30.

Second, a tandem warhead and a decoy rocket are 2 different things. The decoy is used against active defense systems, the tandem warhead defeats reactive armor (also 2 different things).

Third, the RPG 29 has already been shown to literally slice through Challenger 2 armour (which is more reinforced than even that of the Abrams), so all the RPG 30 really is would be an RPG 29 with a decoy warhead launcher strapped on to defeat active defense systems.

Its the RPG 32 thats cutting edge, as it is more powerful, more mobile, and highly modular than any other comparable system currently in development. And did i mention its dirt cheap?