Belarusian 30mm Handheld Full-Auto Grenade Launcher

According to news website, a Belarusian company called BSVT has developed a new handheld grenade launcher. It is based on Russian Baryshev experimental grenade launcher and features some improvements over the latter. Particularly, the use of polymer and titanium parts allowed the designers to decrease the overall weight by 20%, down to 8 kilograms (about 17.5 lbs). The launcher will probably be adopted by the Belarusian special forces units.

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The most significant achievement of the designers is perhaps the possibility to shoot the launcher full-auto off-hand. It is possible due to some sort of special bolt design which significantly decreases the felt recoil. According to the designers, the recoil feels like that of a 12 gauge shotgun. Considering that the launcher shoots 30x29mm VOG-17 grenades (and other types of grenades of AGS-17 and AGS-30 automatic grenade launchers), they must have done a pretty good job in recoil mitigation department. The launcher feeds either from a 29 round belt or from magazines of 3 or 6 round capacity.

As you can see in the above image, this grenade launcher is close in dimensions to the Pecheneg machine gun … it is even shorter. I think it kind of fills the gap between the mounted grenade launchers and handheld multiple shot launchers. It is capable of converting to the roles of both. It can be used as a great suppressive weapon when shot from the bipod with bursts and fed from the belt. And, if the situation requires so, it can quickly convert to a hand held weapon feeding from magazines and being relatively compact and maneuverable.

Hrachya H

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  • Petto

    Rambo 5 gun right there

  • Denny

    Baryshev’s weapons, including grenade launcher shown here, rely on retarded blow-back:

    This is case when action is not solid locked into barrel, thus providing for softer recoil. One thing surprises me: where is belt feed? I have seen it so far only with hopper.

  • Major Tom

    And people said the XM-25 was going to be good. THIS is how you do grenade launchers!

    Although I must note the typo I think in the page. You said it weighs 8 kg but in the parentheses it says 17.5 kg. Are you sure you didn’t mean 8 kg and 17.5 lbs?

    • Hrachya H

      What do you mean? Haha :)) Just kidding. Yes, you are right. I fixed that …thank you!

    • Kyle

      Right… This is the future. A slab sided chuck of metal with ergonomics and a top feed system that has been out of style since WW2?

      • Renato H M de Oliveira

        One that fires ammo close to 40 HV from the shoulder?
        Oh yeah.

  • Brett baker

    Let’s see if it could be made 40mm. If so, at least 1 per platoon would be handy.

  • Voice from East

    The original article written with pretentious and ignorant language.
    It’s Baryshev. Baryshev is very well known for finicky and complex BCG design, open bolt action(BCG is very heavy), quiсk wear, unreliability and inaccuracy(because of 1.5-2kg chunk of metal running in the action).
    Also Baryshev’s guns in permanent “when it’s done” status since mid 70-s. They float up every couple of years just to make BIG “pfft” and drown again. Nothing change’s here.

  • Giolli Joker

    Long recoil?
    Pretty cool, I’d love to see it burning through a 29 rounds belt!
    P.S.: ” 8 kilograms (about 17.5 kg)” 17.5 pounds, I suppose.

    • Hrachya H

      Fixed that, thanks!

  • Guess its time to remake the “Dogs of War” movie.

  • joe tusgadaro

    Looks like an Ork shoota….

    • Malthrak

      If anything it looks like one of the old school 90′ era Leman Russ lascannons XD

  • TDog

    What the heck is that contraption up top? “This grenade launcher is good. Big. Heavy. If you do not need to fight, doubles as automatic moyle. Is good, yes?”

    • Renato H M de Oliveira

      Its ammo is very close to 40 HV in grenade mass and destructive power.
      Having such power in a shoulder fired weapons is no small achievement.

  • valorius

    It looks like an enormous steampunk Mp40.

  • Leonardo Padrino

    Reminds me of the Metro games.

  • Friend

    I love that everything to come out of former Eastern Block countries looks mildly like an AK… look at that top cover.

    Edit… Belarus ain’t Russia.

    • jcitizen

      If you watch the take down procedure in the video Denny provided it does actually take down like an AK. Except it appears to have a locking system on the bolt with two return springs and of course feeds from the top.

  • Secundius

    Ahhh well?/! Don’t see it Coming to A Gun Store near me EVER…