Belorussians make RPG-7 “Smarter”

RPG-7 is perhaps the most simple weapon of its class. The basic launcher has pretty much remained the same since its introduction and the innovations and new developments were almost exclusively done to the grenades (with a couple of exceptions). Belorussian firearm designers took a different approach in upgrading the RPG-7. They’ve developed a new sighting system, which allows aiming and hitting the targets at various ranges much easier.

The company called “TsNIP” CJSC (ЗАО “ЦНИП”) has also changed the name of the launcher. Instead of RPG-7, it is now called “Ovod-R”. The sight also has its own designation – PD-7. The sight features a built-in ballistic calculator and rangefinder. It also has a number of sensors such as temperature, wind and atmospheric pressure sensors. The new sight also has a capability to attach an additional night vision device. As soon as the target is marked by the shooter, the scope calculates a proper point of aim and marks it on the reticle. After that, the shooter only needs to match the marked point of aim with the target and pull the trigger. The sight also makes auto adjustments based on the type of the grenade loaded into the launcher and has a 3x magnification.

Image by Janes.com

The Ovod-R weighs 6.3 kilograms (about 14 lbs). The scope adds another 2 kilograms (4.4 lbs) to the overall weight. Because Ovod-R it is based on the RPG-7, it is compatible with all types of RPG-7 ammunition. The new sight is capable of working to up to 2 kilometers, which pretty much covers the maximum range of any RPG-7 grenade.

Here is how Jane’s describes the night vision attachment of PD-7 sight:

The unit has a modern power system and can optionally be fitted with an NV/A-1 quick release attachment, which has no impact on the performance and supports operations in poor weather conditions and visibility.

The NV/A-1 can use Gen 2+, Gen 3, or Gen 3+ image intensification tubes and has a FoV of at least 16.5°. It weighs 0.55 kg and is powered by a single AA battery. It is designed to operate at temperatures ranging from -40° to 55°C and has 1x magnification.

Sources:

www.Janes.com

www.Warspot.ru

www.Warfiles.ru





Hrachya H

I was born and currently live in Armenia, where I work in a family business of leather goods manufacturing. Being a retired sergeant of my country’s armed forces and a lifelong firearms enthusiast, I always enjoy studying firearms design, technology and history. Also my knowledge of Russian allows me to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • mechamaster

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/724a1b1875097dd89a398b4914a11a4ae7e713be63790b676c353b19a683f6f5.jpg

    Well, let’s see if the airtronic USA RPG can be upgraded with similar technology.

    • And possibly future warheads with the provision for programable air burst used in the XM-25 program.

      • LCON

        you know, They are working on 40mm shells that do that so there is no reason they could not.

        • That’s what gave me the idea actually 😉

          But really, a mix of 40mm airbursting rounds + either airbursting RPG’s or LAW’s would be a pretty profound upgrade in combat effectiveness at the Squad level.

          Seems like a much better counter to a PKM at 800 meters then issuing all troops battle rifles.

    • LCON

      Nyet RPG is Fine!

    • JoelC

      Who needs anything more than iron sights? Every marine a rocketman.

      • Quake

        Can we rocket jump then too?

  • USMC03Vet

    Cyka Blyat!

    Where my Battlefield 4 friends?

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      We’re all playing BF1.

      • Whitechapel Charlie

        I love battlefield but the thing I hate the most about it is all the paid DLCs. Then you have to pay MORE money just to play when all the servers but 2,need DLCs .

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Yeah, I hear you but I do understand that it takes a considerable amount of time and money to create the expansion packs. I havent bought any of them yet and ive had no problems with server issues so far.

          • Twilight sparkle

            If you get the premium pass you automatically get all of expansions without paying for all of them.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Is that a monthly membership fee?

          • Mud

            Nope. If I recall it was $100 upfront instead of $60 to get BF1 and all future DLC.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Hmm I may have to look into that.

          • Person

            Or Insurgency for like 10dollars with extremly interesting realistic damage model, actual working supression fire, tactics, realistic weapon selection and modificaton.

          • Twilight sparkle

            Don’t believe so, I just got it for the French dlc stuff so I haven’t had it long

          • Person

            Try Insurgency and get your bu*tt handed. 1shot out of nowwhere = everything black instantly. And in contains actual tactics and teamplay.
            I got it for 3dollars on a sale.

          • Person

            *Rewritten: And this damage model makes supression actually viable, its horror to face a well hidden M249. And as soon as you hear screams “RPG incoming” you know your damn dead.

          • JoelC

            Person: and the Armor Piercers actually go through walls with the M249.

          • Person

            Yup… instantly going prone behind cover and pray for not beeing hit by the freaking 200round AP belt.
            And Grenade Launchers are hell… *”Flop” grenade comes trough the window and shreds your lungs*

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Cool.

          • JoelC

            I hear squad is good, but Insurgency is still the only one I play regularly. Nothing worse than having overwatch who can’t shoot or all have tunnelvision. I also hate how many people run lasers because they are just a good way to let everyone know where you are.

            I do wish the guns were a little more realistic. Makarov’s have an amazing ability to penetrate body armor, and if AK’s handled, shot flat, and had iron sights like they do in that game, I wouldn’t own any other rifle.

          • Person

            Yes Squad is great but takes an extreme amount of hardware to play it well.

            Due to Insurgency beeing Iraq urban combat/ and some few larger field sections in afghanistan but not over 300y its instant hit, which is in the area of Rifle point blank range anyways, so theres no drop calculation.

            There are many mods, i have soundmods, much more realistic lounder supersonic cracks of passing by projectiles, and more realistic muzzle blast sounds.

          • Person

            The setting is Military Security contractor Forces vs Insurgence in the Iraq war and some parts of Afghanistan.

  • Major Tom

    And yet still no guided rounds for RPG’s.

    • Whitechapel Charlie

      Of course the point of an RPG-7 is that it offers light to medium anti-armor and/or anti-infantry capability at a relatively cheap price.

      • JoelC

        It would be very American to take the RPG-7, adopt it because it is cheap, and then switch to a multi-thousand dollar guided warhead.

  • LCON

    comedy aside.. Is it me or does it look like that trooper left the lens cap on?

    • Pete Sheppard

      If you look closely, you can see a pinhole in the cap, to let enough light through for the low-light feature to function in daylight without burning out.
      I had the same first thought also. 🙂

  • Calavera

    I still get the shakes whenever I see one. Had this exact scenario unfold while being held at a military checkpoint in central Africa. We had upset them, and every weapon was brought to bear. The RPG guy picked me. From 3 feet outside my car window. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15d493d0822c8e3b92a44c75e29f7e4acdd6749363b097f023708f2d6f776bca.jpg

    • 11b

      Good thing is it prob wouldn’t arm at that distance so you would be pink misted instead of being blown up. Unless it went through you, armed, and killed everyone behind you ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • Badwolf

        But even it didn’t blow up, won’t the rocket still punch a hole through you at that distance?

        • V

          It once hit a Marine in the leg, he survived.

          • Calavera

            Impact fused. It would have ruined everybody’s day.

          • V

            He was a gunner in a vehicle, luckly it didnt exploded.

          • Badwolf

            That’s nice. Then I guess the guy in the picture will be fine too

        • Calavera

          Aimed at my right temple, that would have left a mark.

  • Will that do much good on the trainer model in the first picture? It appears to fire normal bullets.

    • CaptainObvious

      Its a Lazer-RPG obviously…

    • JoelC

      I hear the 7.62×39 round has the same drop as an RPG, which is why they use them on the trainers. Ian at ForgottenWeapons did a video on it.

      • Will look into it, thanks!

      • Person

        I heard RPG’s actually does curve slightly upwards at first so that you dont hit the ground.

  • Person

    2 Kilogramm scope… my gawd.

  • 11b

    Yeah uhh… call me when you can hit a target 2k out with an RPG, ballistic calculator or not. I think even 800m is pretty optimistic given the grenade wont track via laser or command wire- forget moving targets, AKA tanks.

  • Kalash

    Did somebody say Allahu Akbar?

    • LCON

      Aloha Snack Bar!!

  • Capn Jack

    Saw an RPG tested with a dummy rocket that fired a 7.62×39 cartridge.
    Now that would be a fun combination to have.

  • Capn Stefano

    Cool piece. Now when can I have my 2nd Amendment back and stock a few of these beauties in my safe?

  • Richard Lutz

    RKBA

    Why can’t American civilians who are adults of good character buy anti-armor weapons like the LAW-72 when the Second Amendment protects their right to own individual small arms commonly used by American soldiers? How can civilians stop a government gone bad whose soldiers are equipped with armored vehicles if they only have rifles? If 2A only applies to weapons used in the Revolutionary War then they only have a right to own muzzle loading flintlock rifles, not modern small arms like the M4 rifle and M72 LAW.